Following the completion of the Master Plan, The Collaborative is providing feasibility studies for improving the campus center, performing arts center, academic building and library.
Westerville, Ohio Located amongst a historic neighborhood and just blocks from Westerville’s Uptown district, Otterbein University is growing physically, but lacks strong connections between key campus areas and the adjacent community. To emphasize both the University’s desire to connect with the City in meaningful ways, and its commitment to sustainability, the Master Plan will support a stronger campus bicycle culture. A new connection to the nearby City park and bike path along with wider sidewalks and will invite students and community members to mix while providing alternative transportation routes. Preliminary plans also call for closing Grove Street and creating a new pedestrian-friendly green space that will united the North and South zones of campus.
The Master Planning Process, led by a 10-person Steering Committee, incorporates input from focus groups as well as an executive Oversight Committee. The process also includes a concurrent Space Utilization Study, completed by Comprehensive Facilities Planners. The Space Study provides useful data for building use analysis, and determining future building needs.
Otterbein’s master plan goals include the following:
• Develop physical facilities to support strategic goals
• Support an Institutional shared vision
• Inform/promote best use of existing site and facilities
• Incorporate technology and new pedagogical methods into campus
• Anticipate future site/facilities needs
• Avoid waste/disruption due to poorly planned projects
• Establish a realistic schedule and budget
• Unify the aesthetic assets of the campus
• Develop campus maps / building plans to aid facility management
• Develop consistent design standards
• Focus/energize fund-raising development efforts