The Institute Report,April 2013, Page 3
Master Plan Update Approved
An update to the Post Facilities Master Plan was released in January and
projects the needs of the Institute through the year 2020, encompassing
over $350 million in improvements.
The update, prepared by the Institute Planning Office and approved
by the Board of Visitors, presents a prioritized list of proposed
improvements along with detailed descriptions of each item. The projects
in the plan would be implemented in coming years pending funding and
In addition to providing planning for new facilities, the update provides
plans for maintaining and improving existing ones.
Evidence of water infiltrating the Old and New barracks parapets was
found during a study done in the fall, and corrective action will be taken
to prevent further damage. That work will start this summer and is likely
to continue through subsequent summers.
A massive update and modernization of post infrastructure is being
considered in three phases and would encompass a variety of systems,
including electrical distribution, water distribution, natural gas, fiber
optic, sanitary, and storm water systems. The improvements would
provide a greater level of reliability and efficiency for the users of all
“The post infrastructure project is the next really big thing we want to
get done,” said Lt. Col. Dallas Clark ’99, Institute planning officer. The
combined cost of the three phases is currently projected at over $40
In line with initiatives to provide the Corps of Cadets with enhanced
physical training facilities, an indoor aquatic center is being considered.
That facility would include a 50-meter swimming pool, a diving well, and
spectator space. It would likely be located at Lackey Park or on South
The new facility would take pressure off of Clark King Pool, which is
becoming insufficient to meet the needs of cadets. “We have mandatory
swimming; we have ROTC scuba training. There are a lot of groups using
the pool, and it’s full all day long,” said Clark.
Another priority item involves changes to the way visitors access the
Stonewall Jackson House. The proposed plan shifts the main entrance
and gift shop from the rear lower level of the Jackson House to the first
floor of the neighboring Davidson-Tucker House. This will allow the
Jackson House to be entirely devoted to exhibit space while improving
visitor access and orientation.
“The Jackson House has tons of artifacts, but because of the space
constraints, it makes it difficult for them to show them,” said Clark. “This
will allow for more exhibits in the Jackson House as well as a hands-on
Other priorities include the renovation of Preston Library, Moody
Hall, and the Old Hospital (currently housing the chaplain’s office and
international programs), in addition to improvements to the heat plant,
academic services, and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War at New
Plans call for moving the main entrance and museum shop from the rear lower level
of the Stonewall Jackson House (right) to the Davidson-Tucker House.