Conservation Campus

NBBJ designed the landscape architecture for Phase I of the Karamay Engineering Education Base (KEEB) in keeping with the campus’ — and Karamay city’s — vision of the “Energy City of the Future.” The resulting vision harmoniously balances development with regional ecology.

In continuation of the development of the master plan for the City of Karamay, NBBJ was commissioned to design the landscape and architecture for the first phase of this 700-acre educational campus located in the desert region of northwestern China. Key areas of Phase I include the ceremonial arrival, the academic green, the north dormitories quad, the sports and recreation centers and the technical training centers, as well as the lake park.

The landscape architecture team developed strategies for a wide variety of landscape types that are unique and yet compatible, in an effort to create useful, interesting, low-maintenance and sustainable spaces. Native plantings, stone and other materials ensure that the campus has a visual and cultural authenticity. In addition to addressing the visual and cultural aspects of the campus, the team also developed water strategies that utilize reuse mechanisms to conserve this precious resource.