Turning ideas into reality

The latest from Lynn’s master plan.

Colleagues visit the future site of the Lynn University Center
Erina McWilliams Lopez (left) and Jerry Hildebrand (right) tour the future site of the Christine E. Lynn University Center with Tom Heffernan and Gregory J. Malfitano '73, '75.

Lynn University’s Campus Master Plan is a roadmap for the future of our campus. Engineers, building and landscape architects, sustainability experts and laborers ponder every detail. University administrators attend town hall meetings and give regular briefings as it comes to life. University supporters contribute to it, and the community comes together to celebrate its successes, time and again.

Lynn developed the plan with high-profile design firm Gensler, and the board of trustees approved it in 2009. It includes input from across the university and addresses every aspect of campus—from environmental and energy considerations to parking and traffic flow, and from pedestrian pathways to Lynn’s distinctive architecture.

“We are committed to continually elevating campus experiences,” said Gregory J. Malfitano ’73, ’75, senior vice president for development and administration. “We make updates to improve connectivity on campus. We create opportunities for inspiration—collaboration spaces where students and employees want to be.”

Where do students want to be?

Lynn’s master plan contains three main student-centric quadrants: residential, academic and athletic. Each grew throughout the 2017-18 academic year and over the summer.

On the residential side, Lynn’s suite-style living center, the Mary and Harold Perper Residence Hall, opened in time for the Fall 2017 semester. Construction crews also paved a new road in front of the building to connect the residence halls with the western campus entrance. The university named it Perper Drive in honor of Mary and the late Harold Perper.

The Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Library and the Ronald and Kathleen Assaf Academic Center are now undergoing the second phase of a three-year renovation plan. The latest library changes include upgraded classroom and TV studio technology and a more open first-floor plan with additional student collaboration spaces. The third floor also earned a makeover to accommodate the growing College of Communication and Design, including a new student lounge. Meanwhile, Assaf computer labs received upgrades to support new academic programs, while other classrooms were updated with more modular student seating. The third phase will see science labs renovated and further infrastructure enhancements, from flooring to windows and doors.

Infrastructure updates also reached the Count and Countess deHoernle Sports and Cultural Center, where the home of the Fighting Knights earned blue-and-white locker room makeovers. In celebration of athletics’ expansion into women’s lacrosse, Lynn will add a new locker room to Bobby Campbell Stadium, where the team will train and compete. The 1,200-square-foot and 40-locker expansion comes as part of a generous gift from longtime donor Mary Perper.

From visible to less visible

In addition to student experiences, the Campus Master Plan designs the overall campus experience.

Perhaps most visibly, the Christine E. Lynn University Center already is transforming the heart of campus. Its construction includes projects that change traffic flows on campus through relocating the east Potomac guardhouse, adding a roundabout near the residence halls and enhancing campus connectivity.

Summer construction projects expanded the diagonal pathway in front of the Mohammed Indimi International Business Center to the Lynn Student Center and added a new walkway around the Remembrance Plaza lake. Crews also dredged and reshaped the lake as part of an ongoing initiative to eliminate groundwater well use.

Furthering its commitment to sustainability, Lynn installed two electric vehicle charging stations in the H parking lot. The lot also received a 132-space expansion on the northwest side of campus.

“We are thankful to our donors and alumni, who are instrumental to the success of these projects,” Malfitano said. “They continue to play an essential role in designing Lynn’s future—a future we are excited for and proud of.”

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