Landscape Architecture Magazine published “The Big Deal,” a feature article that delves into the future of the historic Broughton Hospital campus in Morganton, North Carolina, in their March 2021 issue.
Stewart’s Vice President and Landscape Architecture Practice Leader Michael Batts, PLA, ASLA, led a design team consisting of Belk Architecture and Gensler to create a master plan for the historic Broughton Hospital campus and surrounding 800 acres. This team was commissioned by the UNC School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI), who initiated and led the overall study and economic analysis.
The study commenced in 2016 with iterations spanning the following three years through 2019. Recommendations outlined a strategy guided by landscape preservation, development revisioning and public amenities, including a public school, hotel, a greenway, park and athletic fields, and a senior living community.
“The majority of the 800 acres, the heart of it, really needs to be preserved for its cultural heritage,” says Michael Batts. “But within that, there’s an incredible amount of [potential for) economic development.” He continues that preserving the landscape at the center of the Broughton district is essential to connecting the existing public institutions and potential private developments.