Warner Southern College Master Plan and Pontious Learning Resource Center
PGAL served as principal master planner for this 300-acre rural Christian college campus located on the edge of Lake Wales in central Florida.
With two phases spread over a 10-year period, the goal of the master plan was to strategically develop the inner core of Warner Southern College’s sprawling campus. PGAL focused on creating a walkable, educational campus core surrounded by recreational activities, and with vehicular access to the campus edges.
Phase 1 of the master plan included a central plaza with a strong central axis between the student center and the new library. New classroom and support buildings serve as flanking elements to this axis. PGAL arranged dormitories and recreational fields to create a transitional zone between the central core and the outlying support facilities. The design team also established a more contemporary architectural vocabulary for the school, along with a distinctive campus front entry with monument signage.
In Phase 2, PGAL planned the campus cross-axis, developing a large pedestrian mall and green lawn. This phase also included refurbishment of the existing theatre, plus a new athletic center to support added recreational amenities such as soccer, baseball, and softball fields.
Integrated planning efforts included numerous workshops with the college’s administration and board of directors. The planning team worked closely with the local municipality and conservation agencies to gain approvals for the development of this expansive, open acreage.
Following the completion of the master plan assignment, Warner University selected PGAL to design the new Pontious Learning Resource Center. This 20,000-square-foot library and research facility became the primary anchor of the revitalized central campus core.
- Phase 1 master planning, including a central plaza, new classroom and support buildings, dormitories, recreational fields, and a distinctive front entry to campus
- Phase 2 master planning, including a large pedestrian mall, athletic center, and refurbishment of the existing theatre
- Design of the 20,000-square-foot library and research facility