Master Plan

The Colby campus makes a strong contribution to the overall institutional identity of the College. The original campus plan by Jens Fredrick Larson created formal lawns and quads framing the Miller library against an informal composition of buildings sympathetic with this central Maine topography and landscape. The Larson vision provided a compelling, flexible framework that should serve the campus into the future.

In 2000 Colby embarked on a comprehensive master planning process which would develop a comprehensive working framework for future planning and change, while preserving and enhancing the College's unique culture, programs and facilties. Major components of the process included:

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General Campus Master Plan and District Studies completed in 2001 and 2002

Some of the key results from the 2002 plans include:

(a) the creation of a development plan looking at the physical campus and potential future growth
(b) the vision for Colby Green, a new zone of opportunity for the College
(c) reconfirmed the pedestrian campus
(d) an analysis of classroom utilization and planning for future growth

Landscape Master Plan (2002) and Landscape Master Plan Phase 2 (2004)

The landscape master plan has guided changes toward plantings, lawns, lighting, signage, and furnishings, all contributing to a strong campus landscape identity for the 21st century. Key components of the landscape master plan included:

(a) planting recommendations and guiding principles
(b) new wayfinding and campus signage 
(c) identification of campus character zones
(d) standardization of benches and other campus furnishings

10 Year Master Plan Update completed in 2011

The primary purpose of the master plan update is to identify key elements of the campus planning agenda that are complete, elements in progress, projects yet to be implemented and changes in direction. Over the last decade, Colby has thoughtfully followed the 2001/2002 campus plan, making a number of important changes to the physical campus, while shepherding its cohesive character.

(a) The most significant change has been the development of the Colby Green. This new open space has allowed Colby to expand the formal campus core, with an information grouping of buildings at the front door of the institution. This new campus environment has enabled Colby to add new academic space in the Diamond building, and new administrative space in the Schair-Swenson-Watson Alumni Center (SSW). An additional academic building on the Colby Green is in the planning stages and will complete the vision for buildings and landscape.

(b) Other significant changes have included the expansion and repurposing of important existing facilities. Cotter Union has been reinforced as a community crossroads through the addition of the Pulver Pavilion and the College Bookstore. The bookstore relocation is one the factors that will allow Roberts to be renovated for primarily residence hall use. Athletic fields have also undergone a transformation with the comprehensive upgrade to the Harold Alfond Stadium and football field, the relocation of the Woodsman's Complex, and the addition of the Bill Alfond Field.

(c) The addition of 19 new classrooms in the past decade offer greater flexibility in scheduling and classroom availability.

(d) Since the 2002/2004 plan, Colby has implemented many of the campus landscape recommendations with notable results. The campus landscape includes new plantings, lawns, lighting, signage, and furnishings and is becoming more visually and experientially cohesive, enabling a greater range of architectural expression.

The 2011 updated campus development plan provides an illustrated copy of the many accomplishments, along with future planned projects, and potential campus improvements.