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.