After experiencing double digit population growth over the past couple of decades, Collin College found itself needing to add educational programs, to serve the residences of Wylie, in the southeast portion of Collin County. Collin College embarked on a massive bond program to build a new campus on the land adjacent to the City of Wylie government center on Country Club Road. Page was commissioned to guide the College’s vision from a strategic master plan to site development to building design to
interfacing with the community of Wylie. The first buildings will provide the backbone for the campus life including the Welcome Center, Resource Center and the Student Center, with educational and faculty spaces located in each building, the site design will also facilitate student interaction and education, for an integrated learning and social environment. The building’s shape and orientation was sculptured in a way to push natural lighting further into every interior space, while maintaining a strong connection with the natural surroundings. The scale, size and design of the various outdoor spaces reinforces functional connections to the academic programming within. The architectural style is a kin to Texas Regional with an exterior palette of Carmel stone, multi tone buff brick, painted steel trellis and clear glass. Site material and plant palette builds on the Texas Regional aesthetic to blend with the larger landscape and provide a appropriate setting for the new buildings. Color is introduced into the exterior and interior details to provide visual interest, and intuitive wayfinding, between buildings within a unified style for the campus. The surrounding native landscaping is an integral part of creating the campus environment. This vision was accomplished by retaining and enhancing an existing stream and its associated vegetation, and pushing cars to the perimeter allowing pedestrian only walking paths and lawn areas which lead to a central quadrangle.
Collin College puts students first and the new campus will reinforce that commitment by providing numerous collaborative spaces for students and faculty both inside and outside.
- 340,000 SF
- Master Planning, Programming, Building Design, Landscape Architecture