The Truax Campus of Madison College is home to about 15,000 students. In 2010 the technical college campus began an expansion program that will include construction of four new buildings and related outdoor student spaces and parking, as well as traffic improvements aimed at turning the car-oriented, one-building commuter campus into a traditional, multi-building campus with a strong urban identity that is pedestrian and bike friendly. This project won a 2015 Honor Award from the Wisconsin Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The site master plan and Phase 1 design solution builds on the existing campus environmental and drainage corridor patterns, integrating them with new building footprints and required stormwater, drainage, and site circulation systems while providing flexibility when locating future building phases. Outdoor spaces include student gathering and learning areas, landscapes that filter and cleanse site runoff, bike parking, mass transit waiting areas, and night security lighting.