The 2013 Masterplan and Guidelines for Andrews University recently won a Student Award from the Michigan AIA, no mean feat in a state the boasts some excellent architectural schools.
The editor of this blog, Christopher Hoyt, was honored by an invitation last fall to return to Andrews University to consult on the ongoing Campus Master Plan design effort. He and seven other alumni travelled to campus for multi day workshops with the design studio which consists of the Class of 2013 Master of Architecture students led by Andrew Von Maur, Paula Dronen, and Troy Homenchuk.
The stated goal of the project is a Plan for the next generation of Seventh Day Adventist Education and the team of faculty and graduate students tasked with this work are clearly delivering a product that goes a long way toward addressing that goal.
Sustainability is addressed in that the Plan is focussed on promotion of healthy lifestyle, an Adventist founding principle, and in recommendations for selection of durable and low embodied energy materials. Interior environments with access to light and air, creation of a walking oriented campus, and use of low v.o.c. materials are recommended.