TWIN FALLS • The College of Southern Idaho is one step closer to having a new campus master plan for the next 25 years.
College trustees heard a presentation Monday from CTA Architects Engineers, a Boise firm that’s putting together the vision for campus through 2040. They didn’t take action.
Once approved, the plan will provide a roadmap, outlining building needs, landscaping, traffic patterns and campus life. It’s the first time the campus master plan has been updated since 1999.
“We want the master plan to be a vision,” said Corey Johnson, an architect with CTA. The goal is to have clear plan that isn’t too restrictive, he told the board, and can fit future needs and funding.
CSI President Jeff Fox told the board the plan isn’t the final product. There’s still an opportunity for input, he said.
CTA will take comments into consideration until the end of November. Then, they’ll bring a final plan back to the board in December.
The proposal calls for a new student center in a centralized location as the campus expands north, Johnson said. Another idea: a sustainability center near the Health Sciences & Human Services Building.
The library could move to the new student center, freeing up space in the Meyerhoeffer Building for potential expansion of the art program.
Johnson gave a presentation with interactive graphics to more than 30 people, including CSI employees and students. He showed them how the campus could transform in the next 25 years.
Using feedback from CSI employees, guiding principles include a focus on the student experience, the college’s leadership in sustainability, accessibility to campus and safety, transforming existing aging facilities, and entryways that are evident and inviting to the community.
Plus, maintaining the college’s park-like atmosphere as the campus grows is important, Johnson said. “Weddings are held on campus because it’s such as beautiful space.”
As for traffic flow, the plan shows a figure-eight shaped loop going around campus — different than the existing oval. “A simple circulation system is paramount,” Johnson said.
Currently, most primary academic buildings are in the loop on campus, with a road running along the perimeter. It allows for a good “pedestrian safe zone” within the interior of campus, Johnson said.
As for parking, “you’ve got great perimeter parking,” he said, adding he thinks there’s ways to reconfigure existing parking spaces so they’re better utilized.
The plan will look at the growth on the north side of campus, near the Health Sciences & Human Services Building.
Existing buildings are in great shape, Johnson said, but some could use modernizations to accommodate 21st century technology, for instance.
With student population projections, CSI could maintain its existing square footage for the next three to six years, he said, and focus on enhancing existing buildings.
Another component of the master plan is “transitional space.” That means the edges and entryways to campus, creating uniform design features such as similar landscaping, lighting features and signage.
“It really acts as that welcoming face to campus,” Johnson said.
During their meeting, trustees also:
- Approved a Head Start/Early Head Start grant application. The center is projecting a loss of 88 slots overall, although the number of children served by Early Head Start would increase.
Director Mancole Fedder told the board he heard another agency is competing against CSI to receive the federal grant to run Head Start Services. But he said he hasn’t received official confirmation.
- Awarded a $30,772.06 bid to Myers Tire Supply of Salt Lake City for a computerized alignment machine and accessories.
- Awarded a $33,543.85 bid to Auto Body Paint & Supply of Twin Falls for a spot welder MIG package.