In the fall of 2009, hundreds of people participated in open houses, surveys, community design charettes and stakeholder groups to recommend what kind of activities should take place on the TwispWorks campus. These program ideas and site plans were integrated into a 10-year master plan with three phases.
The master plan envisioned the renovation of most of the existing buildings on the campus by 2013. We now know that this phase will last 10 years rather than 3 years–we expect to renovate and lease all the existing space on campus by 2019.
Phase I: Occupy TwispWorks!
Many of the buildings at TwispWorks have never been used year-round. Buildings are being renovated one by one to house activities from arts to agriculture, innovation to economic development.
The renovations emphasize energy efficiency, renewable energy and creative re-use of materials. Landscaping and garden development during this phase will enhance the outdoor spaces on campus.
Improvements to sewer and water systems will also enhance the efficiency of the campus.
Phase II: Programmatic Growth
Once existing buildings are in use, development will focus on the construction of new facilities, including, potentially:
- A visitor center or gathering space
- A flexible performance and event space
- A facility for culinary education and culinary and agricultural business development.
Phase III: Expanded Educational Uses
In Phase III, TwispWorks will consider expanded classroom space and student/teacher housing to accommodate growing educational activities.