Keene State College, Keene, New Hampshire
Keene State College is a 5,000-student liberal-arts institution in the New Hampshire State University System. The 185-acre campus is located in the center of the City of Keene, a picturesque New England college town with a population of 24,000. As enrollment grows, an increasing percentage of undergraduate students seek off-campus housing, putting a severe strain on the local housing market.
As part of our long term relationship with the college, Saratoga Associates prepared a campus master plan that addressed the interrelationship of the campus and host community. The master plan proposed the creation of public-private student residence halls coupled with affordable housing initiatives, as well as a variety of strategies to safeguard the historic character of downtown. Working with the college and community, the plan created designated zones of interest and influence where off-campus college-related uses will be collaboratively planned and reviewed to best meet the goals of students and local residents.