Foundations for planning

As you begin planning, be attentive to the rich possibilities inherent in the planning process for creating and sustaining community on your campus, within and beyond the disciplines to be housed in the new or renovated space.

Your goal should be a structure with soul – one which expresses the institution's values and announces your commitment to fostering productive relationships. The space should enrich the work and the lives of students and faculty; provide a safe and hospitable environment for learning for years to come; and contribute to the coherence and humanity of your campus. This will happen if you ask some basic questions about the purpose of the enterprise as you begin, and return to those same questions at appropriate times throughout your planning.