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Projects sought for seniors in Landscape Design and Contracting program

February 11, 2009

The nationally recognized Landscape Design and Contracting program is once again seeking individuals to partner with our senior design students. Our capstone class - Intensive Senior Design - pairs students with "clients" which are seeking landscape designs for their residences.

home entry gardenThere are two options, depending on the size and difficulty of the project. Both options require multiple meetings between the client and the student to ensure a desired outcome.

The resulting plans can be used by clients to install their own landscapes or can be submitted to professional landscape contractors for installation. All projects are professor reviewed and critiqued in class.

  1. Small projects - During the first half of the semester our students will concentrate on smaller projects. These are typically projects located on lots that are 10,000 square feet or smaller. Clients can expect plans which include location of plant material, patios, turf areas, etc. Detailed construction plans will not be part of these projects. Expected donation - $350
  2. Larger projects - During the second half of the semester our students will concentrate on larger/more complex projects, typically larger than 10,000 square feet and up to multiple acreage properties. Extremely challenging smaller projects may also be included in this category. These projects will require design challenges which may include slope/drainage issues, irrigation, water features, etc. Each set of plans will be created specifically for the client’s needs and requirements. Additionally, detailed construction plans will be created. Expected donation - $600

Students may seek travel reimbursement for projects beyond the Fort Collins area. Additionally students will seek reimbursement for prints, etc.

All donations are used for program development, including sending Landscape Design and Contracting students to a national career fair and competition.

More information

If you are interested please contact contact Professor Zach Johnson at

Please indicate which category the project falls into as well as a detailed description including size, new construction or renovation, desired elements, address, contact information, etc. Students will contact you by late February or early March. If you have already indicated interest, there is no need to respond to this posting.

Contact: Zach Johnson
Phone: 970 491 2835