Campus Master Plan

It is with pride that the University presents its Campus Master Plan. The Master Plan Report is the result of extensive thought and discussion within the Bishop’s community. We are thankful for the work done by Peter Rose Architecte and Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates in the development of this document.

The Master Plan Report provides clear guidelines for the development and stewardship of the campus. It will guide the future development and land use at Bishop’s University.

Of course, the Master Plan Report should be understood as a “living document”. The plan will evolve, will be updated, but its objectives should remain constant: to return the campus to its roots as a walking, cycling and landscape-focused environment – with cars conveniently located, but not dominant. The Report also proposes to connect the campus more deliberately to the extraordinary surroundings.

The series of goals included in the report can be summarized as follows:

A Walking Campus
Bishop’s should be a walking campus – an all-weather, all season, pedestrian friendly campus. Pedestrian paths should be everywhere, forming a network of outdoor spaces, all deliberately defined by landscape.

Campus entrance

Managing the Automobile
Bishop’s should be established as a place where walking, not cars and parking, takes precedence. Cars should be relocated to the perimeter of the campus and parking areas should be hidden to the greatest degree possible. The main entrance to the campus should introduce the campus in an appropriately dignified fashion.

Integrating Landscape with the Campus
Buildings and landscapes should each be considered as integral parts of a larger whole.  Bishop’s should strengthen its connections to the glorious surrounding landscape – rivers, fields, forests, hills and mountains of the Eastern Townships, while preserving the important heritage resources on campus.

Integrating Landscape with the Campus

Connections and Gathering Spaces
Most of campus life is hidden behind walls and doors. Much of it can, and should be made visible. A more visible and transparent campus will improve the social and pedagogical life of the University. Spaces for meetings and spontaneous gatherings contribute to a vibrant academic and social life.

Master Plan Report:

0. Introduction  (9.6 MB PDF)

1. Campus in Context  (33.4 MB PDF)

2. The Campus of Today  (36.6 MB PDF)

3. A Campus for the Future:
3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4  (47.8 MB PDF)
3.5, 3.6, 3.7  (28.8 MB PDF)

4. Implementation of the Master Plan (15.4 MB PDF)

5-6. Conclusion & Sources (7 MB PDF)

7. Appendices (2.6 MB PDF)


Community consultation January 26-27, 2012  (14 MB PDF)
See the video clips of the consultation

For additional information, please do not hesitate to contact:
Isabelle Goyette,
Vice-Principal, Finance and Administration