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. 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 a 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.”
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.
CTA EDUCATION DESIGN STUDIO DIRECTOR COREY JOHNSON:
“CTA has been honored to boast a history with the College of Southern Idaho going back 50 years. In 1966, CTA was chosen to design the master plan for the College’s new 240-acre campus. Since then, we have updated their master plan each decade, and designed more than 20 educational facilities and additions for their campus. Today, CSI students and faculty, as well as the Twin Falls community, take a lot of pride in their beautiful, scenic community college campus — a true jewel of the northwest.”