Grinnell College - Outdoor Commencement Venue

Grinnell, IA

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

This permanent outdoor venue is designed to be used for Grinnell's annual commencement ceremonies on the campus green. While commencement was the driving force behind the project, our design process also tackled the question of 'what happens the other 364 days each year?' Creating a space that integrated into the daily activities of campus was important. Terraced steps, a shallow amphitheater, decomposed granite paths and a plan to optimize shade from the existing mature trees were important features in meeting the project goals. The selected materials and the placement of stage, amphitheater and paths complement the historical buildings surrounding the campus green.

  • CLIENT: Grinnell College
  • COMPLETE: April 2012
  • SIZE:
    25,000 Sq. Ft. of New Construction
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