After months of anticipation, Burlington College has begun releasing information in regards to their master plan for expanding and developing the college. For years, Burlington College has taken pride in their ability to maintain a small-college environment with an emphasis on their inescapable views of Lake Champlain behind its main campus. However, Burlington College faculty and staff feel it is time for change.
The result of this constant pressure is the first of many drafts for the master plan Burlington College plans to use to further ensure its students the upmost excellence when attending the college as an undergraduate.
The master plan was steered by President, Christine Plunkett in an effort to highlight the most essential improvements to focus on when crafting a proposal for any structural changes to the physical environment of the college.
The plan includes housing development on the southern third of the property. Residence halls will begin to house 250 or more students, as opposed to their current housing situation of about 30 students. The increase in housing was thought to be essential in order to attract potential students to the college.
The Lakeside Pavilion will house the college’s Institute for Contemplative Studies and serve as a function venue for weddings, summer conferences, and public and community events.
The plan will also provide several acres of agricultural land for community/college gardens and other agricultural uses, along with a building to house an urban agriculture program. Agricultural improvements are only the first of many changes to the campus to give it that typical Green Mountain Vermont persona.
Lastly, there are plans for expansion of the college’s unique craftsmanship and design program.
Along with drafting the master plan, Burlington College has decided to take any suggestions from members of the community who would like to submit input in regards to the plan and its potential impact on the local community. Plunkett has invited everyone to attend “Breakfast with the President” in an effort to avoid angry mobs standing on the front lawn at Burlington College’s main campus when construction begins to improve the campus.
Burlington College hopes to expand in the next few years in an effort to increase enrollment to over 750 students. This is a major leap for the college with its current 225 undergraduates. With the help of faculty, staff and avid members of the local community, Burlington College plans to continue pushing the limits to utilize all of its assets when expanding its campus to mature the college and become a worthy competitor with other liberal arts colleges around the nation.