LIT master plan selected for outstanding campus category
In 2011 Architectural Portfolio
BEAUMONT – The master plan for Lamar Institute of Technology has been selected for American School & University’s 2011 Architectural Portfolio in the category of Outstanding Campus Master Planning. The 10-year plan was adopted by the Board of Regents of The Texas State University System in February 2010 and presents both a road map for near-term growth and a foundation for Lamar Institute’s long-term vision in service to a unique set of educational needs in Southeast Texas.
Selection of the project for the Portfolio was hailed by LIT President Dr. Paul J. Szuch as a significant honor: “With more than 50 degree and certificate programs addressing career and technical education, we knew we needed more than a plan for our physical structures.
“The Freese and Nichols team guided us in developing a plan that supports our growth and educational vision well beyond ten years. Seeing this project presented with a group judged best in the nation reinforces the worth of our investment in time, capital, creativity and planning,” he said.
He pointed out that several projects proposed in the plan are under development, and that the new campus entry, designed to provide a “front door” to the campus and give LIT a distinct identity, has been completed.
Wendy Shabay, AICP, who led the Freese and Nichols consulting team which coordinated plan development, said she is proudest of the way the campus community – leaders, students, workforce and surrounding community – worked together to develop the plan. “It reflects a willingness to be part of a single team, to prioritize projects with a wholistic view to what best serves the campus community. That spirit is reflected throughout this plan.”
The master plan creates a redesign to accomplish a maximization of space within the 20-acre campus by replacing less space-efficient facilities with larger, multistory structures. The final plan features a fly-by 3-D animation illustrating proposed campus improvements at each phase which helped deepen understanding and support for the phased redesign and new campus vision. The Master Plan also includes recommendations addressing new facilities, parking reconfiguration, land acquisition, open/green space, campus sustainability, wayfinding and signage, vehicular circulation and a distinct entry defining the campus core.
Architectural Portfolio will appear in late November.
The Master Plan is available online at http://www.lit.edu/about/masterplan.aspx/.