Overall Landscape Concepts


Overall Structure for the Five SLCC Owned Campus Landscapes

The following approaches and actions should be encouraged to create a clear and consistent landscape image for the SLCC campus system:
  • Unite the legibility, structure, and organization of the SLCC Campuses by defining consistent landscape treatments and expressions that address circulation corridors, outdoor spaces, campus perimeters, and other campus outdoor environments.
  • Utilize a common palette of construction and plant materials to provide continuity and recognizable order throughout the overall campus system and within each individual campus.
  • Accommodate redevelopment, refinement and improvements for each SLCC Campus in a manner that supports the existing scale, structure, and design qualities while responding to the eclectic character of each site and location. Key elements and ideas to consider include the following:
    • Macro-scale (overall campus) vs. Micro-scale (individual campus) Landscape Treatments and Elements
    • Campus Access Points and Gateways
    • Streetscapes and Campus Perimeters
    • Campus Landscape Zones and Open Spaces
    • Parking Lots and Vehicular Circulation
    • Pedestrian Circulation and Pathways
    • Pedestrian Crossroads & Plazas
    • Quads and Plazas
    • Building Entry Zones
    • Athletic Fields and Recreation Areas
    • Macro-scale Design and Development Principles
    • Public Art, Monuments, and Furnishings
    • Signage and Wayfinding

The participation of faculty, staff and students is encouraged as changes and modifications are made. The intent is to encourage a sense of public ownership of each campus, positive perceptions of the campus setting, and active use of the campus environment for testing, demonstrating and exploring classroom ideas and concepts. Student involvement can also involve activities such as design competitions for new campus features, class projects involving real design projects on campus, and design implementation from the construction trades or other departments or student organizations. Student artwork could be incorporated throughout the campus system.

Overall SLCC Landscape and Amenity Goals and Principles

  • Encourage high quality landscape design and development that is on par with buildings and structures
  • Accommodate the projected expansion and construction of buildings in a manner that strengthens spatial organization, functionality and wayfinding on each campus
  • Encourage complementary and collaborative design of new campus facilities and adjacent exterior spaces that adhere to campus landscape concepts and guidelines
  • Reinforce each SLCC campus as a primarily pedestrian/bicycle environment, clarifying the pathway network and enhancing the aesthetic elements of these corridors
  • Support a range of places to accommodate student, staff and visitor gathering and seating as well as large events
  • Develop functional and delightful social gathering spaces near primary building entries and at crossroads and plazas
  • Separate gathering spaces with passive open spaces and landscape settings that are appropriate for each campus
  • Encourage landscape forms and concepts that respond to existing and future architecture while respecting campus landscape traditions, scales, and materials
  • Utilize sustainable landscape treatments, including limited lawn areas, the use of "water-wise" and drought-tolerant planting treatments, the implementation of native and regionally-appropriate planting approaches, and water use monitoring and demonstration systems
  • Promote campus landscapes as places for outdoor classes, laboratories, and student research and demonstration areas
  • Preserve unique natural areas as campus and teaching resources
  • Provide a consistent and iconic system of educational, directional and interpretive signage that strengthens the image of SLCC and enhances the educational experience on each campus
  • Provide adequate parking areas and service zones in conjunction with transit options
  • Provide linkages with the campus surroundings and the nearby residential environment

Overall SLCC Landscape Sustainability Goals and Principles

  • Incorporate principles of sustainable design that conserve resources, endorse energy efficiency, and promote durability and low maintenance of campus landscapes
  • Provide linkages between traditional campus areas, naturalistic edges and urban habitat areas
  • Utilize water-saving irrigation, planting and similar systems;
  • Incorporate native and regionally-appropriate landscapes, water conservation, water re-use, recycling, composting and other alternative "green" technologies
  • Support the use of appropriate and efficient storm water conveyance systems
  • Implement sustainable landscape maintenance and management routines
  • Coordinate with local law enforcement agencies to ensure that the design and layout of the campus meets Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) principles
  • Ensure that each campus meets Americans with Disabilities (ADA) legislation and other health, safety and welfare requirements

Overall SLCC Landscape Qualitative Goals and Principles

  • Develop graceful and welcoming campus experiences and landscape treatments
  • Utilize the outdoor setting of each campus to enhance a "Sense of Place" within a unified framework for the overall SLCC campus system
  • Support the creation of sustainable and regionally appropriate campus expressions
  • Provide a variety of hierarchical and linked outdoor spaces
  • Provide a range of site amenities focusing on the formation of comfortable furnishings, well-lit outdoor spaces, and the judicious placement of water features, fountains and environmental art
  • Utilize planting and design strategies that provide adequate shade in summer months and sunny/buffered spaces in the winter
  • Integrate each campus with the surrounding neighborhood setting
  • Enhance the transition between each campus and its surroundings by providing thoughtful edge treatments and buffer zones
  • Provide clear indication of access and arrival to each campus
  • Improve vehicular circulation and access
  • Incorporate/prioritize transit options
  • Reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect through the use of light colored paving and shading