Beginning in 2013 with a comprehensive construction and renovation plan for six academic buildings, and continuing with new opportunities for curricular expansion, Davidson is embarking on a 10-year plan to remake the model of liberal arts education. The first step in creating the Academic Neighborhood will be the renovation of Martin Chemistry and construction of the E. Craig Wall Jr. Academic Center.
Davidson will restructure the main academic portion of its campus to create learning spaces that foster new methods of interdisciplinary learning. Six buildings will be expanded, renovated or constructed over the next decade to create a "neighborhood" with flexible spaces and common areas that encourage the exchange and generation of ideas across conventional academic boundaries-between departments, between disciplines, and between the arts and sciences.
Faculty and staff will be grouped in these facilities by the resources they need and their potential interactions with others. Community and flexible spaces such as a café, artist studios, learning labs, shared equipment, and computational facilities will be situated to promote interactions among all members of the campus community.
The new neighborhood configuration will provide for increased opportunities for collaboration with outside businesses, organizations, and universities, significantly enhancing Davidson's already considerable program of undergraduate research.
As planning for the Academic Neighborhood continues, design and program changes may result.
To become involved in the Academic Neighborhood project, contact Kelly Knetsche, campaign manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-894-2017