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Enhance Campus Infrastructure Sustainably


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As we plan for an increased enrollment of 1,500 students and a corresponding expansion of our academic and student affairs opportunities, Transylvania will undertake the following initiatives:

  1. Upgrade key technology systems and infrastructure to provide new features and better services.

    1. Increase campus Internet network bandwidth to accommodate increased usage and demand.
    2. Expand wireless coverage to all areas of campus.
    3. Update the aged campus phone system to a state-of-the-art, network-based model.
    4. Upgrade aged security camera systems to state-of-the-art, network-based models.
    5. Upgrade audio/video systems across campus to state-of-the-art equipment with support for streaming video, AppleTV, wireless projection, and other new features.
    6. Expand thin client lab computers to replace remaining desktops in computer labs.
    7. Add staff to support IT and internal communications operations.
    8. Budget to support professional development, computers, and office expenses for web specialist.
  2. Increase capacity by adding academic, residential, athletics, and administrative spaces, sustainably.

    1. Construct all new buildings using integrated design practices and meeting LEED Silver standards (at minimum).
    2. Construct a new athletics field complex on the recently acquired Fourth Street property. This complex will include a lighted turf field, running track, and spectator stadium. Initial funding will come from a 2012 bond issue, with ultimate funding from donors. Construction will be completed in 2013.
    3. Construct a second lighted turf field. Construction of this field will allow the university to consider repurposing Thomas Field. Construction will be complete in 2014. Initial funding will come from a 2012 bond issue, with ultimate funding from donors.
    4. Construct new student residence facility(ies). These 300-bed facilities will replace Clay/Davis residence halls. They will be open for the fall 2015 term. Funding will primarily be derived through room revenue from students and donor naming opportunities.
    5. Construct a new academic building. This space will house IT offices and data center, faculty offices, and classrooms. Completion will occur in the fall of 2015. Funding will come largely from enrollment growth called for in the strategic plan.
    6. Acquire and equip a facility to be designated as a cultural resource center to provide space to serve multicultural, women's studies, gender/sexuality studies, and other similar groups. Facility to be available in the fall of 2015. Funding source needs to be identified.
    7. Construct new residence facilities for expansion. These 300-bed facilities will handle enrollment expansion. Design may reflect upperclass-style housing. Construction to be completed by the fall of 2016. Funding will come largely from enrollment growth called for in the strategic plan.
    8. Construct a new combined performing arts center/academic building. Construction will take place from 2018-20. Funding will come largely from enrollment growth called for in the strategic plan.
    9. Construct a remote parking facility. Construction will take place from 2018-20. Funding source needs to be identified.
    10. Construct a wellness center to house student health and counseling services. Funding source needs to be identified.
    11. Construct new natatorium. Funding would be through corporate sponsorship, alumni giving, community donations, and university funds.
    12. Constuct three additional tennis courts, bringing the total number of courts on campus to nine. Funding would be through corporate sponsorship, alumni giving, community donations, and university funds.
  3. Enhance infrastructure by undertaking major renovations of existing buildings that will remain part of campus life sustainably.

    1. Conduct all major renovations to a LEED Silver standard or higher.
    2. Fully implement energy conservation recommendations from the 2010 campus-wide energy audit. Funding source needs to be identified.
    3. Complete renovation of main dining facility. Project will be completed in the summer of 2014. Funding source will need to be developed; possibly our food service provider.
    4. Complete renovation of W. T. Young Campus Center. Project will be completed in 2014. Funding source needs to be identified.
    5. Complete final phase of renovation of Brown Science Center labs. Construction will take place in 2014. Funding source needs to be identified.
    6. Complete renovation of Haupt Humanities building. Phased completion will occur in the summers of 2014-17. Funding source needs to be identified.
    7. Complete a major renovation of Forrer Hall. A phased completion will occur in the summers of 2014-17. Funding source needs to be identified.
    8. Complete renovation of Mitchell Fine Arts Building. Renovation will be aimed at either retaining the facility as a performing arts center or retrofitting it for an alternative use, depending on whether or not a new performing arts center is constructed per strategy #2 above. Construction will be completed 2018-20. Funding will come from enrollment growth called for in the strategic plan.
    9. At the appropriate time and as opportunities arise, work to relocate all remaining athletics fields to the new Fourth Street athletics complex. Funding source needs to be identified.
    10. Implement the university's to-be-drafted Climate Action Plan with a goal of eventual carbon neutrality. Funding source needs to be identified.
  4. Serve as a model of sustainable land management and development in an urban setting.

    1. Improve campus layout and landscaping in a way that encourages social interaction among students, faculty, and staff as well as engagement with the outdoors. A phased installation will occur from 2013-16.
    2. Adopt and implement environmentally friendly landscaping policies, including plant selection and care, chemical use, water use, and management, including smart irrigation.
    3. Develop bike paths and other infrastructure that would encourage no- or low-carbon forms of transportation in cooperation with the local neighborhoods and the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government. Link plans with what the city has developed/plans to develop and create partnerships with LexTran, etc.
    4. Manage storm water more effectively and ensure that all campus-related increases in impervious surface are storm water neutral.
  5. Enrich and expand communications resources, including personnel and equipment, to provide printed and electronic publications, multimedia communications, website, and social media that support the initiatives of this plan, the marketing plan, the Strategic Enrollment Plan, and the capital campaign plan.

    1. Hire a communications specialist to support the Office of Communications and Public Relations with news writing, social media, database management, research, archiving, and administrative tasks.
    2. Hire a director of marketing and advertising to provide overall strategic and operational direction in defining Transylvania's brand and shaping messages to internal and external audiences.
    3. Hire a multimedia journalist to create and publish audio, video, and other multimedia web programming and to develop initiatives for social networking, video sharing, and web communities that augment the university's communications and electronic marketing efforts.
    4. Equip a video/photo studio to accommodate new multimedia initiatives by renovating Old Morrison 311 and 312.
    5. Expand the web applications programmer position from part-time to full-time to provide additional technical expertise in the design, development, implementation, and maintenance of innovative web-based application systems that enhance the overall user experience and service provided by our websites.
    6. Hire an assistant graphic designer to support new initiatives in print and electronic communication that will be needed to fulfill this plan.
    7. Budget to support additional staff for professional development, computers, and office expenses.


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