WILBUR WRIGHT COLLEGE MASTER PLAN
STL was engaged in 2013 to provide Master Planning Services for Wilbur Wright College and its satellite neighborhood center, Humboldt Park Vocational Center. The effort is part of a larger plan by City Colleges of Chicago to update their current facilities and turn them into state-of-the-art educational environments. The original campus for Wilbur Wright College was the last project ever designed by esteemed local architect Bertrand Goldberg. br/>
The Master Plan effort was divided into three distinct phases: Discovery Phase, Analysis Phase, and Idea Phase. During the initial phase, STL conducted over 20 interviews with different stakeholders within the institution in order to better understand how the overall mission and the day-to-day needs of the institution could be incorporated into a single cohesive plan. The Master Plan analyzed both existing campuses and provided new ideas geared to capitalize opportunities and improve the functionality and performance of the organization as a whole. One of the main impediments to the college’s goal for academic success was the program distribution. Student resources were inadequate in size and inefficiently located throughout the campus. The Master Plan addressed this issue by relocating programs and providing growth in order to make resources more visible, improve the Campus experience, and help students succeed.
The project is being phased over the next 20 years to accommodate the rate of growth and budgetary expectations outlined by the client during the design process. It is expected that the Campus as conceived by STL will be fully completed by 2035.