Facilities Master Plan

Landscape Concepts and Character

Landscape concept map

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The campus edges are typically defined by steep topography and native vegetation. It will be important to enhance campus entry locations along College Drive, 8th Avenue and Fort Lewis Drive to provide a presence that identifies Fort Lewis College and the academic excellence that lies within its boundaries. 
 
Focal points bring attention to specific spots with the campus.  The campus utilizes a variety of techniques to emphasize focus throughout the campus.   Artwork, outdoor gathering areas, and building entrances are just a few.  Focal points should reflect surrounding programs.  Major focal points, such as the clock tower, provide campus wide organizational features to help patrons identify with their location.  Minor focal points provide interest within a specific space.
 
It is anticipated that the incorporation of additional artwork within the campus site will increase.  Art in public spaces must be coordinated under a campus wide plan to organize long term pieces along with short term display, possibly for academic purposes.
 
Site furnishings should be integrated with the building architecture and landscape features.  Furnishings must compliment the various uses (bike racks, benches, site lights, trash receptacles and signage) and be consistent to unite the campus character. 
 
Being efficient with the use of water is a priority to Fort Lewis College.  Whenever possible, the campus will use water tolerant species and native landscape materials to reduce water consumption and be sensitive to the surrounding region. 
 
Natural areas will be preserved whenever possible. 
 
In general, native plants will be intermixed with others even in the developed areas of the academic core. Additional shade trees and evergreens need to be thoughtfully located.

As the open space in the academic core adjacent to the Pedestrian Spine is improved, the relationship of the various focal points will become further defined. This includes the focal points where the two major spines intersect, as well as the clock tower, amphitheater, and Hesperus Park.

The campus perimeter landscape is respectful of the campus' native setting and a transition to a 'academic green' pedestrian core at the academic interior of the campus.  As the residential areas begin to evolve, the same approach should be taken with regards to a native landscape setting.

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