The oldest and most regal building, Blaney Hall.

Planning for Tomorrow's Campus

The Cedar Crest campus is unquestionably one of the College’s greatest resources. Located on a beautiful crest in a residential section of a small city, surrounded by city parks and within easy driving distance of three of the largest urban centers on the East coast, our campus boasts a nationally recognized arboretum, stately, historic architecture, and beautiful landscaping across the entire 80 acres. It is very much a green space and this union with nature creates an optimal environment for students to enjoy living, learning, and laughter.

The physical space has been preserved and maintained with diligence through the stewardship of our predecessors, who recognized that it was important for the College to grow but built additional structures with great care and concern to preserve the campus beauty and character. Expansion has been steady and continues to the present day, most recently with ten major projects in as many years, including the building of five new structures, major renovations in a number of campus buildings, parking lot expansions, a strategic property acquisition, technology and utility infrastructure upgrades, and enhancements in campus landscaping.

We will sustain the natural beauty of the campus and make modest improvements that will enhance the physical space for the campus community.

Over the next two to three years we will expand the visibility of our campus by creating a view box of the College at the northeast crest of the campus, highlighting the oldest and most regal building, Blaney Hall. The area from the entrance of Blaney Hall to the beginning of the quad will be converted into Blaney Plaza, a location where students, faculty, staff, and community can gather. Positioned at the campus center, Blaney Plaza will be a place where our past, present, and future are celebrated at important events such as graduation and reunion.

All classrooms will be outfitted with the latest teaching/learning technologies. The Adult Learning Center initiative requires dedicated space with corporate level facilities to accommodate increased enrollment and new professional programs; the Hamilton Boulevard Building is ideally suited to these purposes and is a potential site for this Center.

We will be student-centered as we plan additions and renovations to existing structures.

Within seven to ten years, the College plans to add an additional dormitory of suite-style rooms. The dormitory will be handicapped-accessible and provide three stories of living space with approximately 150 new beds, and will be positioned to overlook the origin of the College’s name, the “Crest”. This new residential space will enable us to meet changing student living expectations and is important in helping us to achieve enrollment goals.

Major renovations to the Cressman Library will create additional academic space for students and faculty, particularly in the Arts and Communications, providing new spaces for students to engage in collaboration, learning activities, and performance.

Renovations to our athletic fields are projected along with the relocation of the tennis courts. We recognize that athletic facilities are an important factor in our recruitment strategy. Enhancing our fields will increase opportunities for student athletes and athletic staff and will allow for effective scheduling of events and practices. Expansion of athletic capacity also creates opportunities for additional, revenue-producing uses of the College’s facilities.

We will continue to expand and enhance the campus while remaining in line with fiscally conservative principles.

Our Campus Master Plan is a comprehensive evaluation and analysis of our current space and identified needs for the future. It is a long-range plan for growth, creating four new academic buildings, two residence hall additions, a new athletic complex and gymnasium, an upgraded student center and restructured landscaping. Final building decisions will be made at the appropriate time and only after careful financial analysis.

Our Campus Master Plan is a comprehensive evaluation and analysis of our current space and identified needs for the future. It is a long-range plan for growth, creating four new academic buildings, two residence hall additions, a new athletic complex and gymnasium, an upgraded student center and restructured landscaping. Final building decisions will be made at the appropriate time and only after careful financial analysis.

The Campus Master Plan is a vision for the campus of the future, a unique place of lasting beauty, the physical space for a living institution that will grow and change with the world around us, inspiring innovation, creativity, and energy, and enabling Cedar Crest students to make connections to other students in other cities and other countries.


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