Centralia, WA

MSGS Architects, Andy Rovelstad Architects


Creatively connecting students, places, and spaces was the goal on the grounds surrounding Centralia College’s 70,000 sq.-ft. student union building.

SCJ’s landscape architecture studio designed all exterior hardscape, plazas, sustainable landscape and high-efficiency irrigation. To help the architects and school visualize design options for the courtyards and hardscape design, 3-D models were created by the landscape architecture team. Design elements included creating student gathering spaces around the building and reconfiguring streets into student pedestrian plazas.

A central circular plaza is replacing a former four-way intersection and will include a future water feature or art sculpture. Rain gardens for roof run-off, and extensive use of pervious pavers, are just some of the sustainable design elements.

The $26 million dollar project is named the TransAlta Student Commons and was completed in 2019.


“This was and continues to be a fun project to work on. Our landscape architecture team worked closely with Centralia College and MSGS Architects and Andy Rovelstad Architects to create an outdoor space the students will use and enjoy.”

Jeff Glander, PLA, ASLA
Project Manager