Messages to the Community

December 7, 2023

Dear students, staff, and faculty, 

As 2023 winds down, I am writing today to announce exciting news — the development of the 2025 University of Richmond Campus Plan (URCP). 

Rooted in our university’s educational mission, the 2025 URCP will be guided by our strategic plan and will serve as the roadmap for the future physical development of our campus over the near and long term. The physical environment and infrastructure on our extraordinary campus is critical to advancing our mission and supporting a vibrant community both now and in the future. 

The University has retained a leading architectural and planning firm — Ayers Saint Gross — to provide expertise in guiding this important planning effort. A steering committee of approximately 20 campus constituents, including University leadership, students, faculty, and staff, will work closely with Ayers Saint Gross beginning in January. Throughout the process, there will also be ample opportunities for meaningful engagement with students, faculty, staff, alumni, campus neighbors, and community partners to provide important input and ideas for the 2025 URCP. 

This news is exciting as we envision the future of our campus. The last campus plan, released in 2011, resulted in a variety of important changes and additions to our community, including the construction of the Queally Center for Admission and Career Services and the creation of the Eco-Corridor. The 2011 plan also resulted in the development of the south portion of campus near the River Road entrance and included rerouting a road to provide better campus access, building new student residences, and adding intramural fields. 

We expect the planning phase for the 2025 URCP to be a yearlong effort with recommendations executed over the next two to twenty years.

We look forward to providing updates along the way and sharing information about opportunities for engaging in this important process.

Sincerely,

David Hale

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer