Abington Campus Academic and Student Life Feasibility Studies
The Pennsylvania State University | Abington, Pennsylvania
The Pennsylvania State University Abington Campus is a dynamic and flourishing undergraduate community which has been experiencing significant and ongoing growth. As a result, Penn State felt that their existing academic and student life facilities could not keep pace with their anticipated future growth, and commissioned VMA to perform a series of feasibility studies that would expand and improve these facilities in the context of their campus master plan.
We performed four studies which developed programs and conceptual designs for all of the major spaces on campus, comprehensively addressing academic, student life, and athletic needs. The Academic study centered on the design of a new Academic Building, allowing various departments to be better grouped and supported, while creating spaces new to the campus such as a Gallery and Innovation Lab. A pair of studies focused on student life design a new Student Union and repurposing the existing Student Center. The new building provided a variety of performance and event spaces, a larger dining hall, and the ability to relocate student support offices from a variety of locations scattered about campus, while the renovated center housed the student social, club, and recreation spaces needed by the student body. The fourth study reconfigured the outdated athletic building to provide the facilities, lockers rooms, and meeting spaces to better support today’s student and athlete. The size, scale, and materiality of both new buildings were carefully considered in terms of the campus context as well as that of the surrounding residential neighborhood.
Size: 74,000 sf (proposed)
Budget: $56 million (estimated)