Lynn University’s comprehensive master plan recently approved by the City of Boca Raton
Published Feb. 14, 2011
Lynn University developed a comprehensive master plan to build out the school’s campus to accommodate 3,000 students, add four new classroom buildings, six residence halls, a new student union, a new chapel and four lighted athletic fields. It will expand the campus within the property owned by the school from 527,868 square feet to 1,472,689 square feet.
The plan also focuses on sustainability by setting ambitious goals to significantly cut carbon emissions, water use, increase native plants and reduce waste taken off site. This will be achieved through Lynn’s already-launched comprehensive sustainability plan. As part of this plan, the school started installing a reclaimed water system in 2010. The system is at 50 percent now and should be at a 100 percent by the end of this summer. The school plans to end the use of ground water in 2012—saving Lynn University the need to pump millions of gallons of ground water to irrigate the campus.
An aesthetic highlight of the plan will be the interplay that will occur between the recently announced Remembrance Plaza to honor those the school lost in Haiti and the planned interfaith chapel. They will sit across a lake from each other so that the chapel is visible across the water by those who walk through the Remembrance Plaza—visually tying together spirituality and the experience of the plaza.
The new student union will be the heart of the pedestrian-friendly campus envisioned by Lynn’s plan. The majority of the campus walkways would come together near the new student center. To interconnect everything, a new walkway will be created that cuts across campus at a 45-degree angle to most of the other walkways (like Broadway in New York City) better linking all the paths together.
Landscaping will also play an important role in the campus envisioned by the master plan. For example, new trees will be planted to add shade to walkways and many non-native plants will be removed and replaced with native plants.