Campus Master Plan
Centerbrook created a campus master plan for Springfield College to advance the institution’s new strategic plan that places importance on advancing 21st century courses and teaching. Centerbrook worked closely with representatives of the entire college community to identify needs and priorities for the coming decades. The master plan draws all academic structures to the campus center to encourage interdisciplinary learning and research.
In addition to campus wide renovations to numerous academic and residential structures, the plan also calls for construction of a new health sciences center, academic buildings for additional classroom space and new residence halls. Additionally, public vehicular traffic is removed from the campus interior to improve safety and create new green spaces.
By growing green spaces, the master plan endeavors to expand on the iconic character of Springfield’s Naismith Green, named in honor of the founder of the game of basketball, James A. Naismith. The closure of Wilbraham Avenue between Hickory and Alden Streets, an Academic Green would run parallel to and longer than Naismith Green.
Many of the projects included in the master plan can be accomplished independent of each other, allowing the college to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.
Situated along Lake Massasoit just east of downtown Springfield – the third largest city in Massachusetts – Springfield College has an unparalleled history in physical education and athletics. The school boasts the first department of physical education, created in 1887. The creator of football, Amos Alonzo Stagg, personally introduced the game to the school in 1890. Naismith invented basketball in 1891 as a Springfield graduate student. And alumnus William Morgan created volleyball soon thereafter.