Minot State University - Campus and Landscape Master Plans

Minot State University - Campus and Landscape Master Plans

In 2005, we began preparing a Campus Master Plan to document a vision for the campus and outline specific projects to be implemented over 10 years. These projects include improvements to vehicular and pedestrian circulation through and around campus. The plan also specified enhancements to increase a sense of place on campus, which could aid in recruiting and retaining students.

The plan recommended potential new building sites and proposed a stronger pedestrian spine or “commons” to define the main circulation route across campus to create a sense of continuity, consistency and community. The pedestrian commons would be heavily landscaped with features and plantings inspired by the North Dakota geography, such as glacial boulders and pools that resemble those across the area carved by glacial forces. The commons is enhanced with banners, signage, and amenities such as plazas and benches to draw students and invite interaction. The project involved meetings with stakeholders, evaluation of data, development of recommendations, and preparation of an implementation plan.

We then provided design and planning services for several projects identified in the Master Plan, such as Campus Signage and Wayfinding system. The signage played a important step toward “branding” the campus.