Creating a thriving college campus that showcases its personality and creates a real sense of community among its facilities and pathways requires thoughtful planning and big-picture thinking.David Leapaldt has long been involved in helping Loras College shape a master plan and see it through.
That work started in 1999 when David worked with the college to create the first Long-Range Facilities Plan and provide recommendations for campus improvement. The plan identified key zones on the campus to inform facilities use, and it included identification of properties that the land-locked campus could purchase for future expansion.
David later conducted a space utilization study of the existing buildings on campus. David worked with the college to identify the existing use of every space in each building on campus. This data was then categorized and placed into a database.
Using the Academic Strategic Plan as a guide on how the departments should be clustered, Leapaldt created graphical and mathematical models that applied the space needs to each existing facility. Leapaldt then developed four separate space organizational concepts to illustrate how available space could be best utilized and could be organized to meet institutional goals.
Over the years, David has continued to work alongside Loras College to update its Long-Range Facilities Plan. In the first decade of planning, the college completed the construction of the sought-after McCarthy-Lynch Apartments, a new Athletic and Wellness Center and accompanying pedestrian bridge as well as the conversion of Wahlert Hall from a library to the Department of Education building, the conversion of Cox Street to Loras Parkway, and various remodeling at Keane Hall and other buildings on campus. Each move better positioned the college for the future and new generations of students.
*Work performed by David Leapaldt while Principal at Grooters, Leapaldt Tideman Architects PC.