We understand the many masters that academic buildings have to serve. These are places of inspiration, respite and recreation for students. They allow for collaboration, fellowship and social interaction between faculty and students. They also represent a significant financial investment on the part of the institution that must yield big dividends. We study each academic project with the intent to create a unique experience that captures the spirit of the school and the needs of its people. Our classrooms are built with various pedagogies and furniture selections in mind, allowing for flexible transitions between different teaching styles and settings. With advancing technology and multiple teaching and learning methodologies in mind, we know the importance of creating contemporary and innovative academic buildings that give students every chance to succeed.
The Collaboration Commons & Courtyard Infill project located within the Pattee Library at Penn State University included a series of complex phased exterior and interior renovations totaling approximately 16,800 SF.
University Park, PA
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
This renovation created a new hub for students to gather, exchange ideas, collaborate, and utilize multiple technologies in a variety of specialized, flexible spaces outfitted with “smart” furniture that encourage and facilitate collaboration.
University Park, PA
45,300 SF / Renovation
The National Technology Transfer Center links business and industry with federal research data, which is collected at NTTC and accessed via a state-of-the-art computer network.
With the established goal of making its presence more visible to its neighbors in downtown Pittsburgh, Point Park University commissioned WTW to design a renovation to its main building, Academic Hall. The transformation of the lower two floors into a glass-enclosed atrium offers passers-by a view of student lounges on two floors linked by a thirty-foot-long staircase.
The Science and Engineering Building on this 150-year-old campus was in need of revitalization. The 90,000-square-foot renovation was completed in four phases and contains classrooms and laboratories for biology (botany, anatomy/microbiology, molecular biology), chemistry (organic/physical), computer sciences/physics, psychology (including animal rooms) and technology services including web site, network, and server rooms.
Beaver Falls, PA
25,000 SF New /
65,000 SF Renovation
This historic landmark, located at the heart of the campus, required programmatic and life safety improvements to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and community. The goal of the restoration work was to provide the University with a facility for state-of-the-art educational experiences that doubles as a highly utilized public performance hall.
24,300 SF Restoration
This aging library was to be upgraded and expanded to provide an adjacent Learning Resources Center. The design provided a fresher and more contemporary look, expanded stack areas, expanded office and support areas. Upgraded entries created a more prominent and welcoming appearance.
With increased enrollment to 3,800 students over the past several years, Penn State Altoona needed additional classroom and faculty office space. As a result, the Pennsylvania Department of General Services commissioned WTW to design and construct the college’s new 58,000-square-feet classroom building.
The School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University includes additions and renovations to two buildings on the West Campus. This project is a complex consolidation of the two existing structures into a cohesive whole by extending both buildings two stories vertically and connecting them together with a circulation spine and atrium.
65,000 SF New /
105,000 SF Renovation
With its 55,000-square-foot building bursting at the seams and recent land acquisition, it was time for a master plan at LECOM. WTW inventoried the school’s needs and established a 10-year development program for the campus.
12,000 SF New /
95,000 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