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Macalester College Master Plan

St. Paul, MN

The Macalester Master Plan reinforces the College’s “community of learning” and underscores the role of the campus in support of the school’s social and intellectual life. With this plan, Macalester’s president engaged trustees in a capital campaign, increased student yield rates, and unified the campus core while strengthening the “town and gown” relationship.

As a strategic framework for decision-making, the master plan improves connections with the community, develops a recognizable arrival sequence, and clarifies campus character. The plan relocated the main entrance, connecting the small urban campus with a major retail street in town. The campus now boasts a new mixed-use development with retail space, parks, and pedestrian-oriented streets.

The plan created a new quadrangle, now the centerpiece of Macalester’s open space system, by relocating a softball diamond from the center of campus. An expanded athletic facility flanks the new quad. As part of the plan, arts facilities are expanded. All phases of the master plan integrate sustainability with long-term performance of facilities.


2013 Boston Society of Architects | Honor Award for Campus Planning


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