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Dartmouth Strategic Campus Framework

Planning for Possibilities: A Strategic Campus Framework," a visionary and flexible campus framework created on the occasion of Dartmouth’s 250th anniversary, provides a 30-year roadmap for campus stewardship.

In 2021, following an 18-month planning process, BBB and Dartmouth College released a 30-year roadmap for over 30,000 acres of land, including the historic Hanover campus; a six-mile corridor in two Upper Valley municipalities that includes multiple campus destinations, and the Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center; and remote conservation and experiential learning sites such as Mount Moosilauke and the Second College Grant in northern New Hampshire.

In addition to providing actionable opportunities for specific capital improvements, the plan guides the redefinition of campus planning for Dartmouth from a single campus core to a regional network of connected nodes. A Catalogue of Options, with short- and long-term projects, enables strategic and efficient responses to challenges of the moment—new and emerging pedagogies, stresses from climate change, technological advancements in mobility, and ever-increasing fiscal pressures. Begun prior to the onset of the pandemic, the flexible planning solutions that were underway quickly pivoted, in live time, to provide immediate and strategic solutions to addressing pandemic-related challenges.

The BBB-led process was highly inclusive, and the plan reflects input from 2,500 members of the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities. The result is a well-informed and intentionally flexible framework that enables the College to best meet current and future challenges.

 

Client

Dartmouth

Location

Hanover, NH

Size

275 acres (Hanover Campus); 30,000 acres (regional land holdings)

Completed

2020

People

AIA, AICP
Partner, Director of Planning & Urban Design
Partner-in-Charge
AIA, LEED AP
Principal
Associate