of Change

Columbus State Community College (CSCC), one of Ohio’s largest community colleges, engaged NBBJ to develop a master plan that would guide growth, establish an identity across all campuses and locations, and engage with community stakeholders throughout Central Ohio.

CSCC serves more than 25,000 students at its Columbus and Delaware campuses, at nine regional Learning Centers within a four-county district and through its growing online programs. Like many community colleges, it faces varying challenges: a growing population of students, many seeking a more residential experience; rapid technological advances; reductions in state funding and pressures on existing space.

The process was also informed by ongoing planning initiatives nearby. Neighborhood stakeholders and community leaders were engaged throughout to understand the current status, opportunities and challenges of the communities CSCC serves; the roles of the Columbus Campus and Delaware Campus in their respective neighborhoods; and the collective aspirations for the future. During the course of the planning process, more than 100 engagement sessions were conducted, in which over 500 college and community stakeholders participated. The final master plan is a result of these collaborative efforts.

Strategies for Growth

The team developed a range of potential long-term strategies for CSCC. Each considered how the college could leverage existing assets and future development — especially on its Columbus and Delaware campuses — to create the greatest impact. The final, chosen strategies will help the college grow intentionally in the coming decade and beyond.

Columbus Campus

Education Corridor: Maximizing Partnerships

For the downtown Columbus campus, opportunities for partnership investments will be maximized by developing along the north-south Cleveland and Grant Avenue “Education Corridor,” and along Spring and Long Streets to the east and west, extending CSCC toward the Discovery District, King-Lincoln neighborhood and nearby institutions.

Delaware Campus

“Central Green”

This Delaware campus proposal supports the master planning principles by providing opportunities to leverage partnerships, enhance college visibility and design for sustainability. A formal, central green space organizes the campus and establishes a strong new image and identity along Route 23.