The Shenandoah Campus Plan provides a new vision for the campus. Based on broad campus input, developed into concepts, and articulated as a clear plan forward, the Shenandoah Campus Plan is aligned with the University’s goals and planning targets. It has been developed to guide campus growth, to develop Shenandoah’s strengths, and to project a consistent image through the campus experience.

While the Campus Plan addresses Shenandoah’s long-range goals, it also lays out a strategy to improve the Shenandoah campus in five-year increments. The five-year planning strategy identifies modest developments that will create palpable changes immediately. Progress planned at the 10- and 15-year marks build upon these initial steps, ultimately achieving a larger vision for Shenandoah University.

New strategies for organizing spaces on campus include: 1) Shifting the new Concert Hall and Arts Quad to the south, taking advantage of land acquired during the Millwood Avenue closure; 2) Consolidating Athletics on East Campus, creating a central zone for Athletics (...this use is more appropriate than housing or academic space because it will not be disrupted by the traffic on Highway 11 and blend easily with the surrounding commercial zoning); 3) Consolidating student housing onto the main campus west of Interstate-81, responding to student desire to be in the heart of campus; and 4) Distributing administrative spaces throughout the campus.

The Shenandoah Campus Plan provides a new vision for the campus. Based on broad campus input, developed into concepts, and articulated as a clear plan forward, the Shenandoah Campus Plan is aligned with the University’s goals and planning targets. It has been developed to guide campus growth, to develop Shenandoah’s strengths, and to project a consistent image through the campus experience.

While the Campus Plan addresses Shenandoah’s long-range goals, it also lays out a strategy to improve the Shenandoah campus in five-year increments. The five-year planning strategy identifies modest developments that will create palpable changes immediately. Progress planned at the 10- and 15-year marks build upon these initial steps, ultimately achieving a larger vision for Shenandoah University.

New strategies for organizing spaces on campus include: 1) Shifting the new Concert Hall and Arts Quad to the south, taking advantage of land acquired during the Millwood Avenue closure; 2) Consolidating Athletics on East Campus, creating a central zone for Athletics (...this use is more appropriate than housing or academic space because it will not be disrupted by the traffic on Highway 11 and blend easily with the surrounding commercial zoning); 3) Consolidating student housing onto the main campus west of Interstate-81, responding to student desire to be in the heart of campus; and 4) Distributing administrative spaces throughout the campus.

“Led by Joe and Frances, the VMDO team was terrific. The most important thing, in my mind, was their excellent listening … They adapted the plan to meet our needs and were attentive listeners at every turn to ensure that we received exactly what we were looking for in a master plan. I do not hesitate to recommend them for their excellent work.”

– Dr. Tracy Fitzsimmons President, Shenandoah University

Client: Shenandoah University

Location: Winchester, VA

Discipline: Campus Planning

Completion: 2013