Centenary College is a private four-year institution of 1,300 students in Hackettstown, a growing community in northwestern New Jersey.
In spring 2002, it faced a number of challenges:
-An aging building inventory and infrastructure.
-A small, landlocked campus.
-A strained relationship with neighbors.
-A non-conforming zoning classification that FEATURED IN2003 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYCampus Master Planning long-term planning.
Centenary College embarked on a campus-planning process to address future facilities, circulation, parking, green spaces and, most important, a new zoning classification. The present zoning of college land requires an exhaustive approval process, including public hearings, for the construction of any facility.
A key planning action, therefore, was to organize a community advisory committee made up of neighborhood representatives whose input would help create a campus master plan that could be approved by the entire community.
-A comprehensive, user-friendly, master plan.
-A spirit of cooperation with adjacent college neighbors.
-Partnerships at local and state levels.
-A new zoning status that enables the college to control its own planning direction.
Note: Area=42 acres