College of the Desert Campus Plan

Client: Desert Community College District
Services Provided: Master Planning, Implementation Planning, Campus Standards/Design Guidelines, Five Year Construction Planning, IPPs and FPPs
Project Location: Palm Desert, CA
Master Plan Completion Dates:
2008 Facilities Master Plan Update
2007 Northwest Quadrant Facilities Master Plan
2004 Campus Master Plan
1990 Facilities Master Plan
Implementation Plan
2005 Campus Standards/Design Guidelines
Planning Goals: 

  • Create welcoming gateways to the campus
  • Centralize Student Services in an accessible location
  • Maintain the open appearance of the campus
  • Respect the natural desert climate
  • Develop environmentally friendly solutions

The purpose of the 2004 Campus Plan for the College of the Desert was to translate the Educational Master Plan into a guide for future campus development. It identifies proposed sites for new facilities, open spaces and circulation patterns on the Palm Desert campus, and supports the future educational goals of the College. The Master Plan was used as a pre-bond planning tool for a successful 2004 local bond election.

tBP/Architecture also served as Master Architect and assisted the District in the Implementation of their Campus Plan. The Communication Building, designed by tBP, is currently under construction.