Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates
From the Introduction: "Bryn Mawr College has chosen to update and re-evaluate its 1997 Outline Concept Plan as it completes its Challenging Women campaign and prepares for a new president. A revised and updated Concept Plan can provide a renewed framework for making decisions, accommodating expansion or change, and setting priorities among projects. In this report, which marks the end of our study, we outline our impressions of the campus and our interpretation of its development, describe the changes made since our 1997 plan, and sketch out our understanding of Bryn Mawr’s aspirations, issues and opportunities related to campus development."
Funded through a grant from the J. Paul Getty Foundation, Andropogon Associates and George Thomas Associates worked with Bryn Mawr College to evaluate the historic fabric of the college and its evolution; investigate campus development patterns; and develop strategies for using, preserving, and enhancing historical resources.
During spring 2002, a group of Bryn Mawr College staff, faculty and consultants came together to design a project that would assist the College in preserving the historic fabric of its campus. This group worked to secure a grant from the J. Paul Getty Foundation for the purpose of studying the processes leading to both the preservation and the loss of the historic campus fabric. The Bryn Mawr Campus Heritage Preservation Initiative was conducted over a period of two years, beginning in fall 2002. A primary goal was to document and understand the mechanisms that affect how, when and where development occurs on the campus, historically and currently. The team sought to assist the college in capitalizing on the strengths of its historic fabric, by learning lessons from past decisions and by ultimately making recommendations for creating valuable spaces in the future.
Venturi, Scott Brown, and Associates
From the Introduction: "What physical developments will help take Bryn Mawr's highest aspirations into the twenty-first century? How should physical plans be related to policy decisions in all areas of Bryn Mawr's growth and to evolving relationships on campus? To help the College's overall strategic planning efforts, this Outline Concept Plan sets out principles for the location of buildings and activities on campus to inform pragmatic decisions, helping them to be taken in ways that allows all systems and areas to fit together and support each other; discusses the physical implications of academic and financial policies under consideration, suggesting which policies might trigger physical change; suggests opportunities for activities and uses this heritage of buildings and landscapes offer" (p. 1).