SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- (11/06/2017) After months of hard work and deliberation, Drury University has finally unveiled the details of their Grand Master Plan which will physically re-design and re-shape the university for decades to come.
The 144 year old university is looking ahead to the future as their Grand Master Plan, which will be completed over the next 30 years, strives to build on Drury's recent growth, academic programming and alumni engagement.
The plan includes new residential buildings, improved classrooms and redesigned streets and landscaping throughout the campus. While these plans are ambitious, the university claims they are fully achievable.
"We started this in October of 2016. So, in a course of the year, we've gone from a standing start to the finish line, but really it's only the end of the beginning," said David Hinson, the Executive Vice President of Drury.
However for now, the university is focusing on Phase One, which will include a new Student Center among many other numerous additions and improvements.
"This is not something that we are going to kick and pitch in a drawer, this is something that will be before us every day of the week," said Hinson.
While a new generation will be the first ones to experience the fully completed project, students currently on campus are excited to be a part of paving the way for the future.
"Seeing more opportunities come up and experiences and things like that is just a really great and encouraging thing to be a part of," said Morgan Harper, a Drury Architecture Student.
As the groundwork begins to be laid with the reveal of the Grand Master Plan, Drury is excited and hopeful for what the future holds.
The master plan is not set to be fully completed until 2042, however the university said that if all goes well, they plan to have Phase One well underway by early next year.