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Landscape Design seniors seek clients

March 13, 2013

Capstone class needs homeowners who want outdoor plans, either large or small, to help support Landscape Design and Construction program.

CSU's nationally recognized Landscape Design and Contracting program is once again seeking individuals to partner with senior design students for their capstone class. Intensive Senior Design pairs students with “clients” who are seeking landscape designs for their residences.

There are two opportunities depending on the size and difficulty of your project: 

1.  Small projects. These are typically projects located on lots that are 10,000 square feet or smaller. Clients can expect plans that include location of plant material, patios, turf areas, etc. Detailed construction plans will not be part of these projects. 

 2. Larger/more complex projects.These are typically larger than 10,000 square feet, up to multiple acreage properties. Extremely challenging smaller projects may also be included in this category. These projects will present 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.

Both opportunities require multiple meetings between the client and the student to ensure a desired outcome. These plans can be used for 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.

 Expected donations

A donation for each project is expected. For small projects, $350; for larger projects, $600. Students may seek travel reimbursement for projects beyond the Fort Collins area as well as for prints, etc.
 All donations are used for program development, including sending Landscape Design and Contracting students to a national career fair and competition.

If you are interested please contact Zachary S. Johnson, Associate Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture's Landscape Design and Contracting Program via email at, indicating which category your 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 directly. 

Contact: Zachary S. Johnson
Phone: 491 2835