Central Campus Planning Process

Central Campus Planning Committee

The Central Campus Planning Committee (CCPC) is the principal coordinating body for the Central Campus planning project and will report and make recommendations directly to the senior leadership of the university regarding the development of the first phase of the Central Campus plan. It will direct several functional planning groups around critical issues including: housing and dining, academic programs and spaces, and extra-, co-curricular and recreational activities, services and spaces. The CCPC will help develop the charges of the planning groups, receive their initial recommendations regarding the broad-scale principles and objectives to be pursued in their functional areas, evaluate and synthesize those recommendations, and redirect planning groups to more specific investigation of how best programmatically to implement the revised principles and objectives.

The first phase of the Central Campus project has as its principal objective the development of a plan for a portion of the Central Campus area (see Central Campus master plan document) to provide housing for approximately one thousand undergraduate and other graduate and professional students in a dining, academic, recreational and service setting intended to serve not only the "local" residents but other campus constituencies as well. The residential accommodations for undergraduates should be understood to be primarily for seniors who are making the transition from undergraduate, campus residential life to more independent living as they embark on further educational or work experiences. The other facilities, activities and services should be planned to attract a wide range of students — undergraduate, graduate and professional — as well as others in the Duke community for both educational activities and recreation throughout the day and evening. Planning by the individual subcommittees regarding their specific areas of responsibility should be undertaken with this broad vision in mind.

Functional Planning Groups

A: Housing & dining

This planning group will conduct the high-level assessment of the needs of the Duke community related to housing and dining that could be met on Central Campus. Among the topics to be considered: the opportunities at Central for creating a cohesive residential experience, primarily for senior undergraduates but for other student communities as well; the essential ingredients to a successful and vibrant residential community on Central Campus; the types of dining experiences that can both build community and complement other dining opportunities on campus and off; needs that are currently unmet and problems that can be addressed with the redevelopment of this area.

B: Academic programs and spaces

This planning group will conduct the high-level assessment of the needs of the Duke community associated with academic programs and spaces that could be met on Central Campus, consistent with the broader goals outlined above. Among the topics to be considered: the academic programs and spaces that are essential ingredients for a successful community on Central Campus, needs that are currently unmet and problems that can be addressed through the development of programs that would be attractive to and appropriate for the "local" residents as well as to students residing on other parts of campus and off campus and through the creation of classroom and other academic facilities appropriate to those programs.

C: Extra-, co-curricular and recreational activities, services and spaces

This planning group will conduct the high-level assessment of the needs of the Duke community associated with extra-, co-curricular and recreational activities, services and spaces that could be met on Central Campus, considering the essential ingredients for a successful community on Central Campus as outlined previously. Discussion should include the possibilities for student amenities and support services, facilities such as a Graduate Student Center, athletic and arts facilities, Career Services Center, Student Services Center satellite, and an Alumni Center. It should also consider how to establish a presence for the arts on Central Campus, how to draw non-"local" Duke community members to the Campus in the evening.

D: Community affairs & Durham relations

This working group will work in conjunction with other planning groups to both inform the planning process of the issues and concerns expressed by the on-campus and the Durham communities regarding the redevelopment of Central Campus and assist in informing groups interested in the Central Campus project about the planning process and its progress on matters of mutual interest and concern.

January 31, 2005

Throughout this document, "local" refers to this area of campus, and should not be mistaken for the surrounding community.