Archive for Monday, February 18, 2013

KU holding forums for campus, city on new master plan

February 18, 2013


Kansas University is inviting Lawrence residents and KU students, staff and faculty to two forums this week concerning its new master plan.

A campus forum will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union, and a community forum will be 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Lawrence Visitor Information Center, 402 N. Second St.

The new master plan, KU’s fifth since 1904 and first since 1997, will plot the future development of KU’s Lawrence and Edwards campuses, including buildings and facilities, landscapes, infrastructure, access and parking, sustainability and accessibility.

KU has contracted the planning firm Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas and Co. to help develop the plan, which is scheduled to be complete in November.

The forums Wednesday are designed to allow people to offer input during the early stages of the process, said Tracy Horstman, KU’s assistant vice provost for capital planning and space management. Workers from KU and the contractor will set up displays, allowing for visitors to talk with them one-on-one.

“We really do want to hear folks’ ideas,” Horstman said.

Topics planned for the campus forum are West Campus, recreation and athletics, learning modalities, sustainability, student achievement and transportation. Topics for the community forum will be West Campus, recreation and athletics, sustainability, cultural resources and outreach and transportation.

More information on the master plan is available online from KU, at


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 2 months ago

Please make a video of this and put it on the Journal-World's web site.

Many people I know would like to see these presentations but don't have time away from work or are located in other cities.

merickson 5 years, 2 months ago

Hi there,

We'll go to at least one of the forums Wednesday to report on it, so watch the site Wednesday night. From what I understand, these forums will consist of a series of displays where staff will be available for conversation, rather than a presentation. We'll do our best to report on what you'd like to know. And KU will be documenting the process here:


Matt Erickson

KU reporter

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