Emmanuel College: Muddy River Cafe
Client: Emmanuel College
Year Complete: 2012
Project Team: Goody Clancy, KZLA, Nitsch Engineering
Contractor: Walsh Brothers, Xquisite Landscaping
At the heart of Emmanuel College is a one acre open space that is the central quadrangle for
the college. This green space was designed to be very flexible and accommodate many uses
i.e. group gatherings, outdoor classes, commencement, and informal athletics. The space
has been designed to highlight the architecture of the College chapel- the symbolic center
of the campus. Low stone seatwalls with ornamental planting define the green space’s
boundaries and provide edges for seating and viewing. Tree planting built upon the arboretum
quality palette already on campus.
An exterior plaza for the Muddy River Cafe has been added to the central quad in 2012.
Stormwater management and universal access where project challenges, but overcome
with creative grading to seamlessly integrate this submerged space into the overall landscape
and the use of porous pavers to infiltrate stormwater, but still be complementary of
the history architecture.