Facilities Master Plan

Existing Land Use

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Existing land use is relatively consistent with the building uses within specific areas on campus.  Areas for improvement include the use of lands for parking, athletic and recreation fields, and open space.
 
The Existing Building Use plan describes some issues associated with conflicting building uses as they relate to land use patterns.  Adjusting building uses will improve the land use into the future. 
 
The academic land use zone is centrally located, however split by parking just east of Education / Business Hall.  Housing is split into two areas. One is adjacent to, and potentially in the academic core.  The other is on the east side of campus, within its own neighborhood. Athletics and recreation uses are consolidated and located on the west side of campus.  Buildings in the athletics zone are located on the eastern side of this land use zone.  This preserves the open space that surrounds the entire rim of campus, and is sensitive the internal campus views and to the views of the campus from the community. 
 
Parking zones are scattered to meet the needs of various programs throughout the land use plan.  Over time, the campus must integrate the parking amongst other uses. It is an integral component of the physical environment.
 
Open spaces must be planned in order to maintain a collegiate atmosphere.  They are the fundamental component of creating a campus setting.  They help organize the campus to create a successful environment.  Fort Lewis has a variety of open spaces that range from formal man made spaces, to the informal, more natural spaces. Besides places for contemplation and recreation, these spaces are programmable and used for academic achievement.
 
The college sits atop a plateau overlooking historic Durango. It is one of the most unique settings for a campus in the nation.   As it grows, the campus must be sensitive to the fact that its site and physical environment are key to its success. 

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Active open spaces are vital
Active open spaces are vital
Western edge of campus overlooking town
Western edge of campus overlooking town
Athletic fields to the west
Athletic fields to the west
 
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