Behind the Master Plan

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The Circle, the Bowl, the Crescent. The Olmsted campus, the Delano and Aldrich campus. Over the years, Lawrenceville’s 700 acres have been developed sectionally as needs arose, and while it all works aesthetically and in daily use, could the functionality of the campus be improved? Could rethinking campus roadways and the placement and design of new construction enhance learning, fortify our sense of community, and elevate the Lawrenceville experience for both students and faculty?

These are the priorities driving the development of a master plan for Lawrenceville’s campus, and the School administration has been working with Sasaki, an internationally recognized planning and design firm, to examine our physical space in the context of our educational goals and community aspirations.

“Sasaki is a world-class firm that specializes in how buildings, landscapes and human ecosystems work together, and they have an unusually good understanding of our campus and what’s important to us,” says Head Master Steve Murray H’55 ’65 ’16 P’16 ’21.

Among the ideas you will be hearing more about: creating a carless core to increase pedestrian activity in the center of campus and move vehicular traffic toward the perimeter; siting the new athletic complex and dining center to enable a reconfiguration of campus roadways; and, in the process, expanding upon Frederick Law Olmsted’s philosophical commitment to advancing community through landscape design.

Murray recently sat down with representatives of Sasaki to explore the reasoning behind the campus master plan and the implications for Lawrenceville. A transcript of that conversation appeared on Sasaki’s monthly blog, and we are pleased to share it here. It’s a must-read for anyone who seeks a preview of at least one aspect of Lawrenceville’s future.    Send article as PDF