Marlboro College Campus Design, Marlboro, VT
In addition to teaching two ecological design courses for Marlboro College, Regenerative Design Group provided site design and landscape implementation for the campus center and gateway. Students were involved in the construction process which included exposing swaths of rocky outcrops and installing specialized plants adapted to shallow soils. Requiring little maintenance and irrigation over time, this gateway garden will become a living demonstration of a rare and beautiful Vermont mountainside habitat.
What had been a series of underutilized leftover spaces in the middle of campus was renamed the Marlboro Meadow, and RDG created a community-involved design process to involve students and faculty in the design process. The new design accommodates an exciting variety of activities and events, improves pedestrian circulation and wildlife habitat, protects fresh water with a series of raingardens, and puts the pulse back into the heart of the campus.
The design redirects pedestrian traffic to the edges of the lawn to provide a large unobstructed open area for recreation. It provides a diversity of social spaces surrounding the Marlboro Meadow ranging from an outdoor classroom, a stage, movable benches, fire circle, and skating rink. The design establishes the road as “people space” so that access for vehicles becomes secondary to pedestrian uses. Parking is discouraged along the side of the road by adding seating nooks that act as bollards. Areas like the low maintenance meadow and pond’s edge are managed for habitat in addition to other ecological functions.