Oberlin College Green Arts District

Planning/Urban Design

Oberlin College Green Arts District

Oberlin, Ohio    map
Status: Plan

Oberlin College is a four-year, liberal arts college that is noted for its academic excellence, its historical commitment to social engagement and diversity, and its artistic climate on campus. The College has retained Westlake Reed Leskosky to master plan the development of a downtown block in order to create a College and Community Green Arts District. This mixed-use development will be a LEED certified block that will set the standard for environmental and economic sustainability while fostering towngown social engagement and cultural diversity through the arts. Through a comprehensive feasibility study and planning process, Westlake Reed Leskosky will identify recommended program uses informed by market and demographics data. These uses may include residential, conference, performance/arts, office, commercial and parking. The firm will investigate options for maximizing reuse and conversion of existing facilities and plan for environmentally sensitive architecture, landscape and systems engineering. We will establish design standards that are appropriate to the bucolic Ohio landscape and that respect the lineage of significant architecture on campus. Finally, the study will develop budget projections and implementation strategies for the economically viable development of the site.