Black Hills State University sits in the midst of the South Dakota Black Hills, an area famous for the Black Hills Gold rush of the late 1800s and a testament to the American frontier spirit. Set on a prominent ridge in Spearfish, the campus enjoys dynamic vistas of the Black Hills and far-reaching valleys. For over a decade, JBC has worked with the University on a number of planning and implementation projects including athletics, academic facilities, urban design, master planning, operations and maintenance.
The JBC-inspired Central Campus Plan called for a large open space for students to gather and exchange ideas while creating a larger focal point for campus organization. The plan implementation also addressed important fundamental issues on campus, such as the need for additional parking to accommodate the changing nature of the student population, consideration of a native plant material palette to better withstand the harsh environment, and the creation of a more intuitive pedestrian circulation pattern.
A major component of JBC’s recommendations was development of a central pedestrian corridor with the focal point of the new $8 million Miere Academic Building. JBC also developed a comprehensive sustainability plan for the campus incorporating a range of integrated solutions including water harvesting, ecological restoration, native planting strategies, porous pavements, green infrastructure, material composting, and urban local production