The overall design inspiration for the project draws upon the busiest pedestrian intersections at the point where the First Street Promenade crosses the Meriam breezeway. Emphasizing this ‘node’ is the formation of the circular geometry which becomes the heart of the plaza. The focal point of the node is the event stage which is located on the centerline of the breezeway. The geometry of the plaza is further reinforced by a number of additional elements. The Marketplace terrace of the Bell Memorial Union extends to embrace the stage from the east providing additional sitting, eating and viewing areas. The westerly edge is bordered by the extension to the existing bioswale and new Sequoia grove. To the south, the existing Sequoia grove grows into the plaza to reinforce the transition between the courtyard of the Student Services Building and the plaza.

California State University, Chico - Student Services Plaza

Chico, CA

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