230 acres, 93 hectares
Engineering, Campus Planning, Landscape Architecture, Environmental Science
Build Wisconsin Design Build-Renovation Award
With a rich history dating back to the 1860s, Lakeland College selected SmithGroupJJR to complete its first-ever comprehensive master plan. Following completion of the plan, the firm designed and helped implement a key project that has transformed campus identity.
The master plan incorporated space planning, facility assessment, and design guidelines to shape future campus growth and development. The Boldt Company, a construction contractor, was included on the planning team. This led to a seamless, design/build transition to Lakeland College’s priority project: reinventing the main entry and arrival experience.
The highly interactive design process utilized 3-D renderings. The imagery also supported a fundraising campaign that ultimately covered all of the project costs. As an integrated part of the design, the project transformed a drainage ditch along the main entry road into an ecologically healthy stream that mitigates stormwater flooding problems. Visitors now enter campus via a stone bridge over a beautifully restored stream – an experience that impresses prospective students and alumni alike.
Time-lapse Video of Lakeland Main Entrance
Watch the construction of Lakeland College's new main entrance from beginning to end.