Location

Bryan, Texas

Size

315,000 sf

Project Features
  • Three districts
  • 94-acres
  • Phased master plan
  • Texas vernacular

Kirksey, in collaboration with SWA Group and FPC, was selected to design the new Blinn College - West Bryan Campus Master Plan. Blinn College needed a long-range, phased plan for a new, additional Bryan campus to address their exceptional student growth and enrollment. Located on 94 untouched acres, Kirksey employed the use of a drone early in the process to identify and highlight the natural amenities of the land which influenced much of the new campus design and architecture. The goal for the master plan was to preserve as many of the natural land amenities while paying homage to Texas vernacular, using local resources and establishing 21st century learning opportunities at every corner.

The master plan is organized into three districts that are defined by existing topography — the north district, central district and south district. By clustering the campus’ buildings together in such districts, it reduced the need for great quantities of soil to be moved and better preserved existing forests and ponds.

Implementation consists of five phases; Phase I entails a new state-of-the-art STEM building and Student Services Center, to be completed in 2017.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve’s experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 17-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm’s membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.