Pennsylvania State University Master Plan Update and Landscape Improvements
Pennsylvania State University | University Park, PA
The master plan for the University Park campus guides the growth of the Penn State University flagship campus for the next 25 years. Sasaki worked with the university to develop a plan that establishes a long-term facilities program model and tests alternative scenarios for future land use, building locations, and open space configurations.
The planning effort focused on determining the future infill capacity of the existing academic core and the use organization of fringe areas currently occupied by athletics, recreation, parking, and agricultural facilities. Sasaki also took transportation requirements into consideration. Recommendations included relocation of existing animal science facilities and the selection of appropriate new sites.
Sasaki developed an overall open space structure integrated with proposed land use changes to extend the landscape quality of the existing core campus into adjacent expansion areas. The plan designates significant sensitive environmental areas within the campus boundary for long-term protection.
Penn State East Sub-Campus Landscape
Sasaki prepared a district master plan for the east sub-campus at Penn State and subsequently provided a landscape design manual, landscape design, and construction documents. Sasaki planned for approximately 1,000,000 square feet of new building space including facilities for the College of Business, College of Agriculture, and campus parking. To improve public gathering space on campus, the design addresses the development of primary pedestrian corridors, plazas, sitting areas, and open space outside the Creamery Cafe.
Work included coordination and execution of all subsurface utility work, design of new soils for the entire site, and development of stormwater management controls to protect subsurface aquifers and nearby high-quality freshwater streams.
Curtin Road Improvements
Along the Curtin Road corridor, a Sasaki-designed transit center serves as one of the primary campus arrival and transfer locations. The location of the transit center coincides with a pedestrian crossroads within the undergraduate core area. This intersection meets the disparate requirements of transit, bicycles, private automobiles, and pedestrians, providing a safe and beautiful intermodal environment.
The design process involved stakeholders from Campus Transportation and Parking, CATA, Campus Planning and Design, and user groups from nearby buildings such as the library and College of Education.
The design incorporates bus shelters, pull out lanes, furnishings, lighting, landscaping, and generous seat walls that retain adjacent banks and invite use by transit riders. A raised brick crosswalk denotes the pedestrian crossing and slows vehicular traffic. Bollards provide a barrier between the roadway and the sidewalk. Street trees and other enhancements to the surrounding landscape further enhance the pedestrian experience along Curtin Road.
Eberly College of Science Master Plan
As a follow-up to the campus-wide master plan, Sasaki worked with the Eberly College of Science to assess its facility requirements in greater detail. Located within a campus building context with limited expansion potential, the college is assessing the validity of current teaching laboratory space for physics, chemistry, biology, and microbiology. Sasaki worked closely with these departments to inventory and evaluate their assigned spaces and developed a comprehensive plan for the phased addition and renewal of the college's learning environments. The planning process involved systematically working through more than a dozen alternative schemes based on differing academic assumptions and priorities. The plan identifies future building sites and a detailed phasing plan for the renovation, renewal, and reuse of existing building space.
In 2013, Dixie State University
(DSU) was approved by the Utah Board of Regents to convert from a state college
to a state university. This institutional shift prompted the need to
re-envision the campus...
The 2018 Campus Master Plan (CMP) is the regulatory vehicle for the University’s future development, defining both the square footage to be constructed and the geographic location of such development....