Lord Fairfax Community College Middletown Campus Master Plan

MIDDLETOWN, VA Completed 2013
  • New Student Union | Fitness Center
  • Central Campus Lawn
  • Growth around Natural Features and Views

Re-centering through growth

Located in the Shenandoah Valley, the 101 acre LFCC Middletown Campus lies between Route 11 and Interstate 81, with substantial developable land, expansive views to mountains on all sides, and natural features worthy of attention.

This planning effort was precipitated by the College’s desire to design and construct a privately funded Student Union and Fitness Center on the 20-acre LFCC Educational Foundation property which abuts the state-owned campus to the east. An opportunity presented itself to incorporate the Foundation property as a part of the campus experience, enlarging the footprint and increasing frontage on the busy Route 11. The challenge for locating a student-centered building was that the Foundation property is neither close nor well connected to the six clustered buildings that make up the existing academic core.

The planning solution involved a long-term development plan that uses the Student Union project to re-center the campus along Route 11 and, unlike the current configuration of buildings, leverages the ample available land, creating interconnected precincts and locating buildings to define a legible network of spaces and pathways and establish a memorable sense of place. The new Union responds to the geometry of existing buildings to create a symmetrically arranged vehicular entry to the commuter campus on Route 11. This new “front door” of the campus is defined by a lawn and forecourt to buildings centered around a water feature.

Because of ownership and flexibility for development, the Foundation property is designated as a sports and recreation precinct with fields, courts, and has great potential for community partnerships. An expanded academic precinct takes advantage of natural features on-site while creating pedestrian connections among buildings and outdoor spaces – without vehicular conflicts.

Master plan implementation has begun with the completion of the Student Union. The 20-year vision anticipates the incremental development of four new academic buildings and the complete transformation of the Middletown campus.