Lion - Fall 2019 - 2019 Master Plan Includes Extensive, Ongoing Campus Renovations And Upgrades

Lion - Fall 2019 - 2019 Master Plan Includes Extensive, Ongoing Campus Renovations And Upgrades

By Kathy Conlin Comisiak, PE, PMP, LEED AP BD+C

The 2019 Master Plan, completed in August, renews the vision for the campus. The master plan is rooted in the history and traditions of the campus, in the evolving mission of the University, and the goals and aspirations of the campus community. It draws from the past, addresses the needs of the present, and promotes a philosophy of stewardship for the future. The plan responds to the strategic plan for the University and specifically addresses goals for increasing enrollment and supporting student success. The master plan provides a vision for the historic architecture of the campus and for a series of new housing quadrangles. 

The key recommendations of the master plan include:

  • Designating a historic district to highlight and protect the cultural and architectural legacy of the University.
  • Restoring the historic buildings to meet the needs of today and tomorrow.
  • Renewing campus housing and adding capacity to meet current and projected demand.
  • Enhancing the campus landscape and pedestrian circulation network.
  • Completing the campus loop road system.


Azikiwe-Nkrumah Hall: Begins December 2019; to be completed by the end of 2020.

  • The renovation project will be sensitive to the historic nature of the building, originally constructed in 1865. It will provide offices for Institutional Advancement, including a small conference room addition. 

Dickey Hall: Underway. Completed by early 2020 and ready for fall 2020 classes.

  • The renovation will be followed by installation of furnishings and provide state-ofthe art technology for instructional and study spaces for business and entrepreneurial studies, psychology & human services, sociology & criminal justice, and the history, political science & philosophy departments. Information technology will also be housed in the building. 

Amos Hall: Design phase should be completed by summer 2020, with construction starting later that year.

  • A historic preservationist has completed a detailed study of the materials used to construct the building in 1902 and measured drawings were created since LU did not have any of the original building documentation. Constructed as a bath house, throughout the years Amos Hall has served as a gymnasium, snack bar, residence hall, and information technology hub. The building is named for two of the first graduates of Ashmun Institute (later renamed Lincoln University), James Ralston Amos and Thomas Henry Amos. An expansion will provide space for the visual arts and the University’s African Art and Material Culture collection.