campus master plan
The Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary is surrounded by Richardson Bay and commands spectacular views of San Francisco. The campus master plan accounts for the constraints of minimal water available for the landscape, an abundant deer population and a limited budget. The main courtyard outside of the library was expanded to focus toward views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. New sport courts were added near the dormitories, and playgrounds were installed near the married student housing.
Concept sketch for one of the campus gateways included a small pond and waterfall. The landscape architect has created such plans in Sonoma, Napa and Marin Counties.
The managers of the Seminary wanted to work with the deer, not against them, and the abundant deer population was seen as an asset, not a hinderance for this project. The water fall at the entrance was intended to be a “watering hole” as well as an attractive entry feature. It was designed to appear as a naturally occurring feature, that re-circulated and flowed down the slopes among the native plants.
Recreational opportunities for the students were limited prior to the renovation of this campus. Sand volley ball courts, Tennis Courts, and a Par Course were added to make life on campus more ineresting during study breaks in the intense curriculum.
The new design for the campus opened up clear views over the bay toward the San Francisco sky line. The open courtyard included ample seating and gathering opportunities.