RIC to update campus master plan – community invited to participate

Rhode Island College is developing a 10-year building and facilities master plan for its Mount Pleasant Avenue campus, and is urging the surrounding campus communities to participate in the process with an invitation to a meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in Donovan Dining Center.

"This is an opportunity for our neighbors to discuss their concerns and help identify ways we can benefit both the college and the surrounding neighborhoods," said Barry Schiller, chair of the master planning committee and retired RIC math professor.

Schiller said that the new plan addresses additional buildings, parking and traffic policies, and landscaping for the campus. “Sustainability, green space and being a good neighbor are also integral to the process,” he added.

A participatory workshop (known as a “charrette”) for local residents to share ideas and visions for the college will take place at the town meeting.

The word charrette comes from the French for a cart or wagon used to collect students’ drawings at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris during the 19th Century. The word has become a universal term of architects and designers to describe an intensive effort to develop design ideas.

RIC’s master plan is being developed in conjunction with Saratoga Associates, a nationally recognized higher education planning team.

For more information, visit the Master Plan website at www.ric.edu/masterplan09.

Master Plan updates will also appear regularly in What’s News at Rhode island College online.