The University of West Georgia is a strong regional university with over 13,000 students. The master plan evolved through a highly consultative process with an emphasis placed on stakeholder engagement. It is based on several key tenets, including the revitalization of the university’s Carrollton campus, with a specific emphasis on regeneration strategies for the university’s academic quad, the activation of the campus’ heart in Love Valley, a backfill strategy to follow planned projects for a new Richards College of Business building, a new residence hall, and improvements to the campus entry and circulation system.
Our analysis of the university’s space use practices, led to a proposed repurposing and, in some cases, demolition of several older buildings on campus. This will decrease the deferred maintenance burden and allow the university to focus investment where it will have the greatest impact on student life. Furthermore, the plan allows for significant future development, including the creation of a new science sector and expansion of the historic academic quad. The final vision outlined in the plan is bold yet achievable, and will position the university for future success, and continue to invite students to “Go West” and experience an intellectually stimulating and supportive community.