Springfield, MO.- (4/19/17)
When you say ‘Drury University’ whats the first thing that comes to your mind? Well, that’s exactly what the private college is hoping to address by planning its near future.
John Kirk, a contributor of the Drury Master Plan team says, “Like all institutions of its kind, its got its issues, it needs to adapt to 21st century standards”.
And so, they’ve hired a team of professionals to take a hard look at what core values drury wants their campus to display.
Mike Brothers, Media Relations Director at Drury adds, “All of that is related to the student experience, and the experience that people have as they live, work, study, play, and come back to the space over the years”.
The new master plan at Drury is slated to take several decades to complete, and the team that’s here this week is evaluating the campus and taking input from the public to find out which direction the university needs to go for the future.
Kirk continued, “It could use a clearer identity on its frontages, it could use better connectivity on its neighborhoods to the north, neighborhoods to the south, and its got some programmatic needs too”.
Some of the top issues Drury hopes to address is what do with Drury lane, central street, what buildings need to be improved, the campus culture and its relationship to the city of Springfield.
“It cannot be just about what we want here at Drury, its gotta be how Drury fits into the community” says Brothers.
And its that vital community input that Drury is seeking while moving forward with its master plan, The Springfield Chamber of Commerce, Commercial street business owners, and Springfield Public Schools, just a few who have been invited to help shape the campus’ future.
“We are a community as Drury university, but we are also a community within a community, and we recognize that” Brothers added.
From 5:00- 6:00 tomorrow evening,the public is invited to voice their opinions on the campus, and the direction they think Drury should plan its future toward.
Kirk finished by saying, “One has to know where they’re going before you can craft a master plan in support of that vision”.
The first draft of the multi decade masterplan should be done sometime this fall and from there, progress toward the new vision of the University will begin to take shape.