Grinnell College - Outdoor Commencement Venue

Grinnell, IA

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

We helped design a permanent outdoor venue to be used for Grinnell's annual commencement ceremonies in the campus green in a non-intrusive way. But what happens the other 364 days of the year? That was the question we tackled in the design process to give the college an outdoor commencement venue. While commencement was the driving force behind the project, creating a space that integrated into the daily activities of campus was important. Terraced steps, a shallow amphitheater, decomposed granite paths and optimizing the existing mature trees’ shade for the commencement ceremony were important features in meeting the project goals. Finding a solution that complimented the historical buildings surrounding the campus green was a key factor in placement of the stage, amphitheater and paths, as well as materials selection.

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