Concordia University - Holthus Family Plaza

Concordia University - Holthus Family Plaza

The C. G. “Kelly” and Virginia Holthus Plaza was designed to demonstrate the Christ-centeredness of Concordia and visually convey its mission. The plaza’s west end features a fountain comprised of three vertical columns of illuminated water, metaphorically representing the Trinity. An unbroken, circular band of pavement forms the perimeter.

A “ribbon” proceeds from the circular band and creates an overlay pattern on the three levels of the plaza and adjacent landscape. The ribbon connects the engraved Concordia mission values—Learn, Serve and Lead—to the fountain and Christ’s words. New trees, boulders, shrubbery and grasses surround the plaza.

The plaza is framed by two of the most prominent campus buildings. Our design strengthens the drop-off areas to the west and the east, providing convenient access to the event center.