College of the Desert

Updating the College of the Desert’s legacy ‘International Fountain of Knowledge’ called for lifting the pool to be flush with a new, perimeter seat wall to resolve accessibility issues. Contemporary engineering improved environmental sustainability. As before, the fountain courtyard opens with unimpeded views out to Palm Desert’s western mountains and setting sun, and within the pool, eight pairs of illuminated, arching jets continue to evoke an open book—symbolically referencing learning, academia and the axially related, Hilb Library.

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