Malcolm Price Laboratory School Plaza
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
The MPLS Plaza Subcommittee hired RITLAND+KUIPER Landscape Architects from Waterloo to create the master plan for the MPLS Plaza, keeping in mind: utility, cost effectiveness and aesthetics and that the plaza will be commemorative, rather than a memorial. The MPLS Plaza will be tied to the natural landscape by having it located close to the nearby bridge and stream, serving as a “bridge” between the campus and the site of the Laboratory School. The design reuses the stone lintel from above the front doors of the Laboratory School building to be used as a gateway to the Plaza. The engravement on the north side recognizes the plaza’s place on the UNI campus. The plaza also recognizes the school’s important dates, including the reuse of the cornerstone from the building.
The subcommittee envisioned the MPLS Plaza as being a contemplative and reflective space for the thousands of students, faculty, parents, and community members who were part of its 120-year history, and to inform future generations of UNI faculty, staff, and students preparing to be teachers, community members and other visitors, of Malcolm Price Laboratory School’s role at the University of Northern Iowa and its impact on the field of education.