Jackson College

Central Campus Mall Transformation

Jackson, Michigan // 5.1 acres sq. ft.

Located in a rural area six miles south of the City of Jackson, Jackson College’s Central Campus lacks connectivity among its 14 buildings. The College determined a new site design would create an improved space for student activity, collaboration, display, and pedestrian circulation. TowerPinkster created a plan for redeveloping the Central Campus Mall: a 5.1-acre green space spanning five of the most centrally located buildings. The site has challenging grade issues, inadequate walking paths, and sparse vegetation, making student gatherings in the area less than desirable. A concept was developed with the following improvements:

  • Relocate the iconic clock tower to a more prominent, visible location
  • Create an open-air pavilion west of the clock tower.
  • Create a great lawn area to the east by flattening the existing topography, and planting large shade trees on the perimeter.
  • Add new sculpture display spaces and relocate existing art and monuments.
  • Create new tree-lined pathways between buildings.
  • Renovate and update the campus’ existing building courtyard areas to blend with the new campus improvements.

The master plan concept was finalized, and improvements are intended to be implemented in two phases.

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