Northwest Vista College Master Plan

Location: San Antonio, Texas
Client: Alamo Colleges
Completion Date: July 2009
General Contractor: Bartlett Cocke
Project Size: 135 Acres
Project Type: Master Planning
Planning: SWA
Programming: Facility Programming and Consulting
Structural Engineer: Jaster Quintanilla
MEP Engineer: Goetting Associates
Civil Engineer: CDS Meury Services
Landscape Architect: SWA/Bender Wells Clark
Traffic & Parking: DeShazo & Associates
Building Code/Life Safety: PDI, Inc
Cost Estimating: Project Cost Resources
Recognition / Awards / Publication: Texas Architect January/February 2011 ASLA Texas Award 2012 ASLA Texas Award 2012

Alamo Architects’ Master Plan demonstrates creativity and practical solutions and a clear understanding of the distinctive site that is the college’s home. A primary goal was to create a distinctive community landmark campus with the characteristics of a university and the convenience of a community college. A series of guiding principles quickly formed the basis for the plan.  These included the preservation and celebration of the native landscape and the creation of a more natural connection between the buildings and the landscape.  The solution takes as unbuildable drainage easement and creates dramatic new lake at the campus core, which also serves to capture storm runoff that is used for irrigation throughout the campus and creates a new center for the campus, connecting existing buildings and future development.

The master plan envisions new campus with a less formal structure and more color and diversity in its architectural palette. It creates a series of outdoor student spaces that activate both the new and existing public areas and promotes student interaction and collaboration.