Transformed Campus Receives Honor Award


CHICAGO, IL (July 28, 2008) - On Monday, July 21, North Park University and Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects were awarded an Excellence in Landscape Architecture Honor Award from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) and the American Institute for Architects (AIA).

When strolling through North Park University’s campus, it is easy to forget that it lies in the heart of metropolitan Chicago. This accomplishment is largely based on the collaboration between the University and Douglas Hoerr, who began work on the campus in 2002.

Through horticultural and hardscape design, Hoerr was able to reflect the distinctive character of the University on the campus grounds. Native midwestern grasses and over 100 new trees provided intimate, sheltered areas for students to meet, study and relax. The new landscape had a direct effect on increased enrollment.

According to Carl Balsam, executive vice president of the University, the impact of the change was felt almost immediately. “We’re delighted to see this work acknowledged by SCUP because it confirms the overwhelming recognition it has already received from students and other visitors to campus,” Balsam said. “The transformational character of this improvement has exceeded even the original intent.”

In the end, Balsam gave credit to those who made the change possible. “This award is a tribute to the donors,” said Balsam, “who supported and shared this vision for transforming this campus.”

For more information regarding the award, visit the 2008 SCUP/AIA-CAE Award Recipients website.