WesternU campus focuses on infill and campus integration

February 24, 2015

Western University plans to focus campus growth on its current core rather than establishing a presence in downtown London, reports the London Free Press. "We have a very integrated campus ... It is hard to think about taking a chunk of it and piecing it off," said VP Resources and Operations Gitta Kulczycki. WesternU's plans include turning Western Road, currently treated as a campus boundary street, into a "true campus main street" lined with buildings. The plan would also see some current parking lots developed into new buildings, and the transformation of existing campus routes into a "pedestrian-oriented arrival commons." Some geographical features would remain undeveloped in order to maintain the campus's feel, while a number of existing buildings could see significant renovations. WesternU is currently getting public feedback on the plan; it is expected to be finalized next month before going before the university senate and board of governors for approval in April. London Free Press