Landscape Architect & Specifier News

JUN 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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56 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Located just blocks from the Mississippi River, the college has spent the last 10 years renovating a significant portion of the facilities and grounds. These improvements have helped create the college's trademark—"Essential Experience"—which helps attract and retain students by providing real-world learning opportunities within a modern campus environment. Working with this mission in mind, the college set out to create a place where students could connect with the outdoors, embrace their campus as a living laboratory and find respite from their hectic schedules. The idea that this urban campus can serve the students as an outdoor oasis, while also educating them about the natural processes of sustainable site design is a powerful story—a story that has earned the campus recognition as a valued part of the La Crosse community and has supported recruitment of students, faculty and staff to the college. RDG Planning & Design, working out of its Dubuque, Iowa office, was selected to complete the second phase of the pedestrian mall that extends an east-west corridor through the campus (June 2012 LASN article #16569). This project was master planned in 2008 and was part of a larger site development project around Western's newly renovated Integrated Technology Center, a campus building celebrated for bringing different disciplines together into one collaborative environment. As one of Wisconsin's premier technical colleges, Western Technical College provides relevant, high-quality education in a collaborative and sustainable environment that changes the lives of students and grows the community. Their mission has been carefully articulated through the built environment in a space near the center of their Downtown La Crosse campus known as the Integrated Technology Courtyard.

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