On Tuesday, December 8th, at the Connecticut American Society of Landscape Architect’s (CTASLA) annual holiday party, The S/L/A/M Collaborative was awarded the merit award for the Providence College Landscape and Land Use Master Plan. SLAM accepted the award in honor of dearly missed colleague, Kyle Slocum who served as the Landscape Architect and Principal-in-Charge on the project. “Kyle, over the past two years has helped us to envision a transformed campus, says John Sweeney, Senior Vice President of Finance and Business at Providence College. “His ideas and vision for Providence College has received such an outpouring of support from our students, faculty, staff and alumni.” The built work will stand as a reminder and a living memorial of his hard work and dedication to the Providence College Campus Transformation.
The Landscape and Land Use Master Plan has been developed to continue Providence College’s (PC) Campus Transformation goals in preparation of the upcoming 2017 Centennial of the founding of the college. The resulting vision plan establishes a comprehensive design framework for future land use decisions and enhancement of the campus landscape via a multi-phased approach to unite a geographically divided campus. Triggered by the College’s 2013 purchase of most of Huxley Avenue from the City of Providence, the Campus Transformation will result in a landscape and land-use master plan that will make PC both more functional and even more beautiful. The plan will result in a unified campus, no longer bisected by a busy city street, with improved ways to move throughout the community for both pedestrians and drivers. The plan, a collaborative effort between PC and SLAM, when fully realized will unify the campus with improved circulation, enhance the open space network, and align new facilities with PC’s exceptional academics and unique culture. The plan strives to be an embodiment of PC’s mission statement which states: “a community committed to academic excellence in pursuit of the truth, growth in virtue, and service to God and neighbor.”