Some of our most fulfilling personal and professional relationships have been the result of partnering with other like-minded professionals throughout the country. Great projects were developed. Outstanding architecture was created. And the lasting friendships we built are still as strong as ever. In the end, it’s all about collaboration. Through cooperation and mutual respect, we complement our partner’s strengths and work together to identify areas of improvement. It is this commitment to each other that permits us to enhance the skills of each individual and achieve greater collective results.
The University of Vermont (UVM) engaged WTW Architects to conduct an in-depth study of campus life programmatic and facility issues at their institution. Working with students, faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees, WTW and our consultant, Brailsford and Dunlavey (B&D), provided online surveys, facility/program recommendations, and a financial analysis of proposed operations.
Along with designing the new Joe Crowley Student Union, WTW and our local partner Lundahl & Associates also planned extensive outdoor program, gathering, and circulation amenities to take advantage of the southwestern climate. The resulting design integrates the Student Union and neighboring buildings into a comprehensive Precinct Plan.
As the heart of campus life at Western State, the University Center is warm and welcoming during frigid Rocky Mountain winters and provides engaging outdoor spaces for year-round use.
Designed to complement the historic campus Spanish Mission style, this new center of student life serves as a gateway to the campus and a landmark building for the university. The signature rotunda entrance and open stairway gracefully connect the main entrance to campus.
Located at the crossroads of three major campus axes and the main campus entrance, the Crowley serves as a welcome center for visitors and the hub of student life.
Strategically located at the intersection between the academic quad and student housing, the Student Center is a dynamic crossroads on campus that is the hub of student life. The Center provides an oasis for the large commuter population while incorporating features to support resident students as well.
College Station, TX
The Kent Campus Center provides flexibility and versatility to accommodate a variety of student / alumni / community sponsored events. A central atrium creates a new center of student life that links the various campus neighborhoods together.
A total renovation and doubling of the size of the University Center has reshaped the vision of student life on the campus. The new 575-seat Dining Commons with an outdoor dining terrace provides expansive views to the main campus quadrangle.
Renovation / New Construction
The purpose, design, and location of this exciting new building was to provide a facility to meet the needs of today’s students and the entire University community, while providing a signature building on campus. WTW and Miami-based Arquitectonica were commissioned for the design of the new 75,000-square-foot Student Activity Center.
Coral Gables, FL
George Mason’s three existing interrelated student life centers underwent a total transformation. SUB II was renovated and expanded to create the new home for student on-campus activities, student media, clubs & organizations, and other student related programs.
92,000 SF Renovation
As part of a total transformation of three existing interrelated student life centers, SUB I was renovated and expanded into a new Student Services Center including a “One Stop Shop” for students to interface with the myriad of administrative functions related to their education.
Strategically located to connect the two major pedestrian arteries in the historic heart of the Austin campus, the Student Activity Center at the University of Texas is the vibrant new crossroads of campus life.
Strategically located at the new south campus precinct and integrally connected to the beautiful and historic campus green, the Student Center is both an iconic gateway to campus and the heart of student life.
A WTW preliminary feasibility study concluded that UCONN’s campus badly needed a “College Towne” center. The 50 year old student union underwent extensive renovations and a major addition to create the envisioned student centered “College Towne.”
100,000 SF New /
100,000 SF Renovation
This major renovation and expansion was based on WTW’s long-range master plan for the facility. Sensitive renovation and additions to the historic mid-twentieth century modern structure, while creating a dynamic contemporary center of student life, were the driving concepts for the design.
Baton Rouge, LA
50,000 SF New /
150,000 SF Renovation
This project is a renovation and addition to the HPER building and creates a connection to the Ewing Hall field house. It forms a new northern gateway to the campus, in addition to highlighting the fitness center and offers full views of the main lawn from within.
This recreational sports and wellness activities building links the field house and the football field, providing access to events at the field. The adjoining outdoor terrace is a gathering place for university guests, students, and staff providing an elevated view of events on the field.
During its 30-year history, Three Rivers Stadium provided the location where Pittsburgh fans cheered the Steelers to four Super Bowl victories. Due to high maintenance costs, a deteriorating physical plant, and changes in fan preferences, a new stadium was erected for the 2001 football season.
This 31-story office tower and retail complex culminates in an 80-foot illuminated cap. The three-story atrium includes two levels of retail shops and a food court.
Responding to a major shift in client demographics and expectations, the organization and character of Reed Smith’s new offices is a refreshing transformation from their former staid offices. Two floors are dedicated to client contact and firm culture with an extensive conference center, cafeteria, and outdoor patio overlooking the city
The Pittsburgh Cultural District is a study in urban revival. Spurred by the efforts of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, a 12-block area in the central business district has undergone a transition to become the premiere location for arts-related theaters, performance centers, and galleries. The latest addition is Theater Square, which will provide a street-level central ticketing office and arts information center for all cultural venues within the area.
The UPMC Passavant, East Wing Addition was a multiphased project beginning with a comprehensive facilities master plan and site development plan.
188,000 SF New /
29,000 SF Renovation
The eight-story West Wing Addition was designed by WTW/Ellerbe Becket to integrate with the existing architecture and to complement an adjacent physician office building.
Sensitivity to the Tuscan style and vernacular architecture common to major existing campus buildings provided the primary design direction for this major renovation and expansion. The building was totally transformed to create a thoroughly current student experience while respecting the traditional architecture of this historic campus.
52,000 SF New /
160,000 SF Renovation
The fast-track renovation and additions to this circa 1950 Student Union created a completely new center of student life while retaining and enhancing the charm of the existing facility’s Pueblo Revival-style architecture.
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Size: 172,000 SF
30,000 SF New / 142,000 SF Renovation
A five story atrium with skylights and escalators provides a strategic link between the older traditional upper campus and the newer academic and residential districts on the lower campus. The atrium is the dynamic center of student life around which a wide array of activities is focused.
Taking advantage of the climate, the Center is organized around an extensive landscaped outdoor courtyard that serves as the hub of student life. The design respects the classic southern California aesthetic that defines the campus.
130,000 SF New /
120,000 SF Renovation
The Davis Student Center has become the hub of student engagement connecting the previously separate academic and residential campus districts. The sustainable design of the facility has led to a campus-wide commitment to sustainable practices in all aspects of University life.
LEED Gold (first LEED Gold student union in the US)
During the 1960s, buildings for education often manifested themselves in large “megaplex” facilities. Often both brutal and inflexible, this architecture is now in need of enhancement to meet the needs of today’s college-level students. The challenge at Parkside was to honor this traditional architectural style while updating the renovated facility to include amenities demanded by today’s students.
45,000 SF New / 75,000 SF Renovation
The primary challenge for WTW and local architectural partner Ruck/Pate was to provide an economical yet dynamic student life/dining center that would serve as a new landmark for the University.
22,700 SF New / 19,600 SF Renovation
In order to succeed, the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) must be a place to capture and excite the imagination. As Penn State’s first effort in totally sustainable architecture, this 110,000-square-foot facility is also designed to model the tenets and techniques to achieve environmental stewardship.
University Park, PA
Oak Hall and Hickory Hall are living learning centers that comprise the first phase of the WTW prepared student housing masterplan to replace all 1,800 existing beds on campus. The Halls’ strategic location along an upper ridge provides dramatic views of the campus and surrounding landscape, enhancing their connection to the University.
Allegheny and Brandywine Halls are the first phase of a three-phase Student Housing Renewal Initiative. Following the residential master plan prepared by WTW, phase one will replace all 3,216 beds on campus.
West Chester, PA
In response to the long and narrow site, Centennial Hall consists of two linear wings connected by the building entrance and common areas. One wing is comprised of apartment and suite-style units for upperclassmen while the other provides semi-suite units for freshmen.