Unique Block Plan Informs Collaborative Planning Study
Working in collaboration with OLIN landscape architects, we completed a master plan for Colorado College that prioritized an understanding of the campus, the city of Colorado Springs, and the needs of the College. We worked with the College to understand the successful principles, values, and aspects of previous campus plans and the areas where new directions were called for by the evolving ambitions of the College. By defining the long-term vision for Colorado College and identifying catalytic and implementable projects, the master plan goals are creating enthusiasm and momentum. The central challenge of the plan was refining the campus so that it best reflects the needs and spirit of the College’s innovative “block plan” in which students take one course at a time resulting in unique patterns of use both in the course of a single day and throughout the calendar year.
Programming and design workshops included faculty, students, staff, and trustees and focused on activities, discussions and presentations that solicited the opinions, ideas, concerns, and goals of this highly creative and articulate community.
The master plan assimilated the principals and aspirations gleaned from the College throughout the planning process and stitched them together with the unique architecture and diverse landscapes of the campus to create a cohesive sense of place at the College.
Landscape Architect: OLIN
An aim of the master plan was the design and creation of aesthetically adventurous places and spaces that encourage formal and informal learning.