FAQ

FAQ

Q1 to Q4: updated on June 20, 2016
Q5 to Q7: updated on September 21, 2016
Q1: updated on May 19, 2017

Q1. The whole picture of the Campus Grand Design (image, circa 2030) contains new facilities that do not currently exist on campus. Which facilities will be built and when?

A1. The proposed Campus Grand Design is a long-term plan setting out the zoning of the campus in preparation for the construction and rebuilding of facilities that may occur in the next decades, and ensuring such construction and rebuilding are implemented without impeding education, research, or student life. So the construction and rebuilding of facilities expressed in this picture is just a plan, not a final decision, except some facilities.

At this point (as of May 1, 2017), ICU has decided to build a gym and pool, and on-campus houses, in addition to student dormitories consisting of two buildings (capacity: 320). The new dorms were inaugurated in April 2017.

In May 2016, the Board of Trustees and the Council have approved the plan to develop gymnastic facilities (including a new gym and pool) and on-campus houses. In response, ICU has set out to formulate a specific construction plan.

Q2. Will the lawn area (called Baka-Yama) in front of the University Hall remain unchanged?

A2. Currently, there is a gently sloped lawn area in front of the University Hall, ICU's largest classroom building. Students friendly call it Baka-Yama and use it as a kind of oasis. In the Campus Grand Design, Baka-Yama and its surrounding area will still remain there. Inheriting the memories of the campus is one of the six policies for realizing the Campus Grand Design concept.

Q3. When will a new University Hall be built?

A3. When a new University Hall will be built is yet to be decided. The rebuilding plan will be discussed in the future.

Q4. The Campus Grand Design is a plan involving ICU's whole large campus (620,000 m2). Is ICU, which is a liberal arts college pursuing small-group education, financially comfortable to implement this plan?

A4. The Campus Grand Design is a long-term plan setting out the zoning of the campus in preparation for the construction and rebuilding of facilities that may occur in the next decades, and ensuring such construction and rebuilding are implemented without impeding education, research, or student life. Based on it, the whole picture of the Campus Grand Design has been prepared to illustrate what the campus will be like circa 2030. ICU always develops in an efficient and planned manner facilities that are necessary for students to fully learn global liberal arts. It determines the necessary costs, taking into full consideration ICU's financial burden.

Q5. How does the Campus Grand Design realize the philosophy of ICU?

A5. The Campus Grand Design is the basic plan that details the future image of the campus of ICU, which marked 60 years of devoting itself to providing education in 2013, as well as the short- and medium-term transitional steps for developing a campus that befits ICU for practicing liberal arts of the 21st Century toward the next 60 years.

The Campus Grand Design describes the realization of the three principal commitments as its mission, Academic, Christian and International Commitments, which ICU set forth at the time of embarking on providing education, as follows:

International Commitment
--Development of student dormitories and on-campus houses where the cultures of students and faculty from all over the world mix

Christian Commitment
--Improvement of the path to the University Chapel, which encourages personal interactions among individual students and faculty

Academic Commitment
--Development of educational facilities for practicing small-group education with focus on dialogue (e.g. a gym)

Carrying forward the philosophy of ICU's establishment and the memories of the campus is one of concepts of the Campus Grand Design. In line with the ICU Environmental Mission Statement, it also aims to leverage and appropriately maintain greenery for realizing a beautiful campus in harmony with the nature as well as protect and maintain Musashino's forest and live in harmony with rare animals and plant species.

Q6. How did ICU decide on the formulation of the Campus Grand Design?

A6. In 2012, the Board of Trustees approved the Campus Master Plan and came up with the guidelines for discussing and deciding the future plans, and the master plan on which such discussions and decisions should be based on. In light of this, ICU set up a committee to review the future concept of the University Hall (classroom block), a gym and pool and dormitories following the three new dorms (Zelkova, Ginkgo and Oak Houses) and on-campus houses, and subsequently discussions were started.

Based on these discussions, it was decided to formulate the Campus Grand Design, which sets forth the concrete functions of each area and a consistent design of the campus, on which these facilities would be built. The Campus Grand Design was completed in 2015.

Also, among these there are illustrations and time tables for indicating the future image of the campus around 2030, but these are just proposals at this point of time, and the planned sites are candidates and are subject to change in the future.

The current status of the development plan, etc. of the main facilities besides the student dormitories, gym and pool, the construction of which has been finalized, is as follows:

On-campus houses: The development plan for on-campus houses was approved in 2016.
University Hall: The construction plan for the University Hall including whether to rebuild it has not been finalized.
Diffendorfer Memorial Hall East Wing: The construction plan for the hall including whether to rebuild it has not been finalized.
Lawn area: There is a gently sloped lawn area in front of the University Hall, ICU's largest classroom building. Students fondly call it Baka-Yama and use it as a kind of oasis. In the Campus Grand Design, the lawn area and its surroundings have been retained with great care.

Q7. How did ICU choose the vendors entrusted with the design of the Campus Grand Design?

A7. We carried out a competitive bid to ensure fair and just selection of the design companies. After stipulating the Campus Grand Design Formulation Policy, the Board of Trustees narrowed down the candidates to six design companies with excellent track records over a long period. Subsequently, upon subjecting the proposals received from the selected design companies to fair and careful examinations, the committee approved the outsourcing the design to Nihon Sekkei, Inc. and Kengo Kuma & Associates.


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ICU Campus Grand Design Office
Email: cgd-office@icu.ac.jp

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