Meyer & Allen Associates

Pasadena City College Master Plan

Location:Pasadena, CA
Size:53 acres; 275,000 sq. ft.

M&AA prepared the 1990 Master Plan for Pasadena City College which revitalized their historic campus.  Since the campus is located in an urban area where additional land is unavailable, the Master Plan consisted of an infill strategy to integrate new academic and support facilities into the existing campus.

A shortage of on-campus parking was severely impacting future marketing and operation of the College.  An analysis of peak parking demand identified the need for additional parking structures.  This analysis also led to a key recommendation to revise the class schedule, in order to reduce peak parking demand by 1,000 students and to save $8.5 million.

The campus also lacked the landscaped open spaces needed to accommodate the range of informal and formal student interaction which is appropriate for a college campus.  To remedy this situation, the Master Plan consolidated parking in facilities on the perimeter of the campus and called for the selective removal of obsolete buildings.  A network of infill landscape spaces was provided under the Master Plan to connect all buildings on the campus.