University Center, Michigan
640 acres, 260 hectares
Campus Planning, Engineering, Environmental Science, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning
adaptive re-use, athletic field, campus landscape, campus master plan, campus planning, civil engineering, community college, ecological restoration, green infrastructure, landscape architecture, landscape for stormwater control, landscape master plan, leadership in energy and environmental design, leed, low-impact development, permeable paving, planning, restorative landscape, salvaged material, stormwater management, streambank restoration, sustainability, sustainable master planning, walkable community
When Delta College embarked on an ambitious renaissance of its facilities and campus character, it turned to SmithGroupJJR for a comprehensive vision and approach to campus planning and design. The firm’s work helped the college capitalize on its unique assets, transform its campus character and identity, and improve its facilities in a cost-effective, forward-thinking manner.
The master plan makes the most of the College’s rural setting, bringing agricultural uses and woodlands into the campus interior. Themed courtyards create inviting gathering areas and vibrant outdoor learning spaces matched to Delta’s academic offerings. Key initiatives have included construction of a new allied health facility, a trades-and-technology center, and a community health and wellness complex, along with a consolidation of campus athletic facilities.
Major green design improvements have redefined the south campus, with a new, naturalized stream corridor that mitigates flooding problems, creates wildlife habitat, and provides an outdoor science classroom.