October 21, 2014

University Master Plan

Dear Faculty, Staff, and Students: 

The revised Draft of the University Master Plan is now available for review and comment on the UMW webpage http://president.umw.edu/masterplan/

In 2011, the UMW Master Plan Steering Committee presented a Draft Campus Master Plan to the University Community for comment and feedback.  As many of you will recall, the Plan was the culmination of more than a year’s work conducting studies of buildings, landscape and infrastructure, researching trends in higher education, interviewing stakeholders, and analyzing data.  One of the most commonly voiced comments and concerns regarding the Plan had to do with proposals to consider razing several buildings.   

In response to those comments, the University asked its nationally known Historic Preservation Department to develop a University-wide, comprehensive Preservation Plan as part of the Master Plan. The Preservation Plan is not complete at this time however an example of the approach being taken has been included  (Willard Hall). The entire Preservation Plan is estimated to be completed by September 2013. 

The Master Plan is just that – a plan.  It is not etched in stone, will likely change in response to varying conditions and demands and most importantly, will be informed by the Preservation Plan.  All upgrades, repairs, renovations and construction impacting buildings or landscape features will look to the Preservation Plan before reaching the drawing board.  While the Plan contains renderings of several new buildings to replace current ones, if the Preservation Plan indicates the need for a historically correct renovation, that will be strongly considered. 

Thank you for your time and interest. 

Richard R. Pearce

Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO

University of Mary Washington

1301 College Avenue

Fredericksburg, VA  22401

(540) 654-1020

(540) 654-1162 (fax)

rpearce@umw.edu

About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.

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