The Board of Regents met with Emporia State President Dr. Michael Shonrock and others on Wednesday, to discuss the Campus Master Plan. ESU Vice President for Administration and Fiscal Affairs Ray Hauke says the architectural firm Gould and Evans presented a merging of the different Master Plan ideas, and that it was well-received.
Now, Hauke says the plan can move forward, with priority settings and coming up with a final implementation plan. Hauke says he's confident they will go with this latest concept.
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Final approval from the Regents may not come until April.
The university is considering three general options, each revolving around different entry points to campus -- Merchant near Highland, Merchant at 15th and the current main entrance at 12th and Commercial. Hauke says the final plan will likely incorporate aspects of each main option, but improvements on the north end of campus facing Interstate 35 are at the top of nearly everybody's list so far.
Significant changes are possible with each option, including the possibility of demolishing Cremer Hall, restructuring 12th east of Commercial and switching the uses for the current art annex and facilities buildings. Significant additions are also possible, including new and more varied student housing on or near campus and new athletic facilities.