Western Technical College - Integrated Technology Center Courtyard

La Crosse, WI

Services provided on this project:

Landscape Architecture Overview:

A series of stormwater best management practices, including permeable pavement, soil quality restoration, rain gardens and native plantings to remove over 640 pounds of sediment a year, resulting in a 25% reduction in runoff for the 10 year storm and over 1,600,000 gallons of water infiltrated per year.

Sustainability Overview:

This project replaces an under utilized and outdated pedestrian corridor, with a pedestrian courtyard that integrates functional and beautiful pathways for students, faculty, staff and other community members, connecting them to their campus destinations. The courtyard connects people to nature by embracing an indigenous ecotype of the region, the tamarack bog, a part of the Driftless biome of southwest Wisconsin. This new outdoor area and walkway combines a unique blend of native plants, indigenous materials and open spaces to create a “campus sponge” and a living laboratory that teaches students about their local natural environment.

  • CLIENT: Western Technical College
  • COMPLETE: September 2016
  • SIZE:
    1 City Block
  • AWARDS:
    • Wisconsin ASLA - 2017 Built Design - Honor Award - 2017
    • Iowa ASLA - 2017 Design Built Award - 2017
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    College & University, Urban Design