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Master Plan • Deep Springs College • Deep Springs, California

sustainable building design

Founded in 1917, Deep Springs College is an exclusive liberal arts college located on a working cattle ranch. In addition to academic studies, the students engage in ranching activities.

Initiated in 1996, the first step in creating the master plan involved the detailed mapping and drafting of the college's physical plant. Aerial photographs of both the entire ranch and the academic buildings were also referenced.

The resulting drawings analyzed all buildings and included utilities, roads, pathways, views and lines of sight, topography, geological features, major trees and plant communities.

Input from the community, together with guidelines from the Board of Trustees and the College's Building Committee, resulted in a 10-year, 7-million-dollar plan providing a renewal of the college's physical plant. By 2001, construction was completed.