Evergreen Valley College San José, California

Evergreen Valley College Arts Plaza Projects and Central Green

Funded by Bond Measures in 2004 and 2010, this community college has undertaken several new buildings, landscape, and infrastructure upgrades over the last decade. A landscape master plan exercise in 2012-13 identified several campus site/landscape projects. BFS was competitively selected to design a major central space of the campus, which over the course of the project took on the name Central Green, and a new east entrance to the campus, the Arts Plaza, which included separated bus and car drop-off areas.

Designed in the early 70’s, the campus has a strong geometric triangular framework of roads and walkways. BFS completely redesigned the open space of the Central Green within this framework, rehabilitating a memorial plaza with new trees and site furniture.

Adjacent to a redesigned pedestrian friendly plaza, between the Performing & Visual Arts buildings, the Arts Plaza’s strong radial design combines paving patterns, tree planters, benches and lights that leads visitors from the parking and drop-off areas towards the center of campus.

Client: San José-Evergreen Valley Community College District