Goal Two: campus master plan
Develop and implement a new campus master plan for the finest and most beautiful liberal arts campus in the region with high quality academic, residential and student life buildings that provide the necessary infrastructure for academic excellence and student growth.
Since the adoption of the Augustana College campus master plan in 2005, the campus has grown by two new residence centers to house the expanded student body: Duane R. Swanson Commons opened in October of 2006, and the townhouse-style Parkander Residence Center welcomed students in October of 2007. On October 2, 2008, members of the campus community and Board of Trustees, friends of the college and representatives from BLDD Architects, Inc. gathered within the Great Hall of the newly transformed Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall to dedicate and celebrate the completion of this stunning academic building, and to re-name the former residence known as Carlsson Hall.
Thanks to the efforts of many and the specific leadership of Paul Pearson, Augustana's vice president for business and finance, the restructuring of Emmy Carlsson Evald Hall was completed on time and on budget. The building is equipped with smart classrooms, labs, study areas and conference rooms for five of our larger departments-accounting, business administration, economics, education and psychology. Facing Old Main across 7th Avenue, Evald Hall offers these five disciplines much greater proximity to the central campus than their former location in Sorensen Hall. Evald Hall also houses three programs, already featured in this report, that are integral to the college's strategic goal for enhanced academic excellence-Augie Choice, the Center for Vocational Reflection and the Office of International Programs.
Evald Hall is now a powerful symbol of the cross-disciplinary learning and creative, critical thinking that are hallmarks of an Augustana education. Currently the college administration is in discussion with architects to define the scope of the project that will restore our grandest academic building, Old Main, to its former strength. Besides the needed repairs to the building's dome and other structural reinforcements, we plan to include instructional modifications to inspire the minds of modern students. It is our hope that a rejuvenated Old Main might be the banner on the college's sesquicentennial celebrations being planned for 2010.