Chartered in 1940, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) is among the largest marine research and education centers in the U.S. and serves as the graduate school of marine science for the College of William & Mary. Located on three campuses in Gloucester Point, Wachapreague and Locklies Creek, Virginia, VIMS partnered with Clark Nexsen to develop a campus master plan that supports future growth, improves efficiency of operations, and enhances the educational experience for both faculty and students.

To deliver on VIMS’ three-part mission and offer meaningful global impact through interdisciplinary research, their campus master plan was developed in support of these goals. With key considerations including historic resource sensitivity, coastal resiliency, improved connectivity between the campuses, and the need to establish a strong community identity for the school, the resulting master plan guides VIMS toward future growth that reinforces the campus community.

2015  Excellence in Land Development Design Award