University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is the flagship school of the Mississippi system. The campus is rich with historic buildings and significance, including original buildings from the mid-1800s, the home of William Faulkner, and a campus plan designed by the Olmsted brothers. While preserving the architectural and landscape legacy of the campus, the Sasaki master plan establishes a framework that provides a comprehensive vision for guiding incremental change. It draws from the past, addresses the needs of the present, and promotes a philosophy of stewardship and sustainability for the future. This framework is based on the campus systems that work together to support a land use rationale that emphasizes the highest and best use of the central campus for mission-related purposes, locates major academic and support facilities on the higher topographic plateaus, limits expansion into forested or green field sites, concentrates development within areas currently serviced by infrastructure, and reinforces the compact pedestrian scale core.
The master plan places particular emphasis on improving the environment and overall quality of life on the campus. Proposed campus improvements affect the social and learning environment, the residential experience, and campus connectivity and pedestrian safety. One such improvement, the North Terrace renovations, includes the establishment of a new open space linked to an expansion of student life facilities within a residential district. The North Terrace Quadrangle, new student union plaza, expanded student union, and North Terrace commons building will address immediate needs of current residents with a series of new social, dining, and amenity spaces. By providing social and amenity space outside the residence halls, the university is able to introduce elements of the learning community model at a district level, while continuing to utilize existing residence hall facilities with strategic upgrades.
To move toward a more sustainable vision of campus development, Sasaki measured the master plan relative to key sustainability indicators around natural systems and habitat, water resources, energy and atmosphere, integrated transportation, and community. The results include protecting over 315 acres of woodlands, and reducing impervious parking areas by approximately 15 acres and roadways by approximately five acres. Where comparisons were not possible given a lack of baseline data, Sasaki established protocols for the university to collect information and measure subsequent progress. As a signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), the University of Mississippi is transitioning toward the goal of climate neutrality.
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