The four-story, 78,000 SF residence hall will be home to 257 students on SUNY-Polytechnic Institute’s campus in Utica, NY. The residence hall features a mix of both single and double hotel-style units grouped in communities of 37 students, centered around a common amenity space with kitchens, communal lounges, and study spaces on each floor.
The project vision for Towson University was to transform its outdated 1970s student union into a ‘next generation’ Student Life Center while maintaining ongoing operations.
Phasing was one of the keys to the success of this project. The first phase of expansion was designed to provide flexible new dining and meeting spaces that would come online well before the existing operations were shut down for extensive renovations in phase two.
In response to student requests for more open space on campus, Schenley Quadrangle was transformed from a service vehicle access point into a pedestrian-friendly plaza where students can study, socialize, and enjoy the outdoors. WTW Architects developed a program to repair structural deterioration of the quad and activate the space for student life.
2018 MBA Building Excellence Award
The first project in the world designated a Parksmart℠ Gold project!
The North Shore area between PNC Park and Heinz Field is a fast-growing hub of retail, entertainment, and office uses creating demand for additional parking. This 1,000-car garage, designed for the Pittsburgh Stadium Authority, supports both daily and event parking.
The six-story precast concrete structure features a sculptural array of aluminum fins that shimmer in the sun paying homage to the glimmering Allegheny river.
Thirty years after repurposing a circa 1880 sawmill on Pittsburgh’s North Shore for its offices, WTW has again transformed its workspace to express its culture and design philosophy in a highly collaborative environment that inspires creativity.
This transformation of a mid-century concrete building into a vital and robust center of student engagement is a testimony to the innovative vision of the university and the design team of Neumann Smith/WTW Architects.
A Facilities Master Plan that integrates the principles of the University’s new Strategic Plan was developed through an interactive, community driven process.
Concepts for the development of the campus grew out of analysis of existing conditions and program needs, consideration of population growth over time, and an understanding of the unique culture and qualities of Shippensburg University.
Millersville’s updated campus master plan integrates with the University’s strategic plan and strengthens the University’s identity within the community.
The University campus is bordered on two sides by Millersville Borough. Borough representatives were active participants in the planning process. Town-gown concerns are addressed by improvements to parking and traffic conditions, and enhancements to student housing.
Working with students, faculty, staff, and members of the Board of Trustees, WTW and our consultant, Brailsford and Dunlavey (B&D) conducted an in-depth study of campus life programmatic and facility issues. Online surveys, facility/program recommendations, and a financial analysis of proposed operations were included.
Officials at IUP recognized that its housing stock was no longer attractive to 21st century students or contributing to student retention. In response, WTW created an energetic residence life master plan, one that would reinvent the campus. In order to establish the vision, objectives, and requirements for this user-focused master plan, the WTW team provided a variety of fact finding and analytical services, including the analysis of existing programs and facilities, housing trends, and the market place. Interactive focus groups were conducted, as well as on-line surveys.
This comprehensive Precinct Plan integrates the WTW designed Joe Crowley Student Union with extensive outdoor program, gathering, and circulation amenities to take advantage of the southwestern climate.
Through a highly interactive process that engaged a wide community of stakeholders, WTW led the process of creating a plan for a vibrant and identifiable campus in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh. The dynamic process generated a wide range of concepts that were refined and incorporated into the plan.
This 69,500-square-foot church was designed as one cohesive building but is divided into three distinctively separate areas. The main part of the building includes a community room/sanctuary for worship and special events designed to seat 1,420.
The traditional and contemporary meet in this airy two-story sanctuary and educational building. The open design is reflected in large circular windows and expansive glass doors, while the eye is drawn to distinctive crosses on each of the four windows and brilliant hues of stained glass.
New Sanctuary & Education Renovation
Construction of the two-story north wing was the first step in a multi-phase expansion plan for the church. The addition matches the Georgian Colonial style of the existing 1958 church. Period details of the earlier design were faithfully reproduced.
Upper St. Clair, PA
A new curvilinear “main street” connects new and renovated areas of the building, showcasing student activities. Food and entertainment are featured throughout including live performances from the stage.
163,459 SF Renovation
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.
This multi-story Campus Center, nestled between existing campus structures, projects an open and inviting image to students and focuses on student activity in the urban context. Organized around a dramatic two-story entry lobby, this unique facility combines dynamic student life components with an exciting recreational/fitness/wellness center.
New & Renovation
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 1960’s Memorial Center was totally renovated and nearly doubled in size to enhance both its Student Center and Recreation Center components. A new main entrance addition and atrium provides a single point of orientation for both the Student Center and the Rec Center. The work was phased and construction accelerated to allow maximum utilization of existing program spaces during construction.
100,000 SF New /
70,000 SF Renovation
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.
The new facility was designed with two goals in mind: to reflect the early 20th-century style of the existing historic student union and commons building, and to transform the facility to enhance the contemporary student experience.
20,000 SF New /
40,000 SF Renovation
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
Our team, WTW Architects, Ballard King & Associates and Water Technologies, Inc., was selected by the USC Township Commissioners to provide a Market Analysis and demographic summary of the service area for a new Community Center with Aquatic facility. The analysis included meeting with stakeholders, community members, members of the USC Ad Hoc Committee, Commissioners, and Staff to research the viability of a proposed facility. Our study included validating the Ad Hoc Committees findings, reviewing operating costs, staffing, and capital costs for a proposed facility.
Upper St. Clair, PA
The Community Center is a 37,000-square-foot facility located in Peterswood Park adjacent to recreation fields and Arrowhead Trail. The facility includes an outdoor multipurpose court for basketball, soccer and deck hockey, and a new softball field.
Peters Township, PA
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 project inserted a high energy recreation program into an early 1900s Georgian Architecture building, located within the main quad of historic buildings on a semi-rural campus.
Addition & Renovation
The goal of Lake Erie College was to design and construct a facility that serves as a social and recreational complex for all students; houses the “Storm” varsity teams; and can be used by the community as well as summer youth sports programs.
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.
The Wellness Center adapts a building originally intended exclusively for athletic programs into a fitness destination for the entire campus population. The addition creates a new “front door” to campus that welcomes on-campus students and visitors from University Drive.
8,300 SF Renovation
The HUB Fitness Center features a selectorize/free weight area, aerobic classrooms, four racquetball courts, golf simulators, locker rooms, and related support space.
WTW led the design of this exciting hybrid project that combines privately developed student housing with a dynamic recreation facility. WTW provided the overall exterior design building and the complete design of the recreation component.
The recreation center at the University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown campus includes a multipurpose gymnasium, elevated jogging/ walking track, classroom/exercise rooms, offices, lounge area and a climbing wall. The new two-story glass atrium connects the Center to the existing athletic complex and creates a dramatic new entry for both buildings.
Increased focus on health and wellness, as well as a growing student population and athletic programs, provided the motivation for Penn State to expand the Capital Union Building. Expansive glass walls flood the exercise areas with daylight and afford views of the campus while providing an inviting showcase of the activities and energy of the center.
14,300 New / 4,000 Renovation
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.
Working within a tight budget and very aggressive schedule, this interior fit-out of Rand’s Pittsburgh offices provides an environment that encourages interaction and community in a corporate culture composed of researchers who typically work in private offices.
Among the region’s largest construction firms, Rycon Construction has been experiencing double-digit growth in recent years, landing among the Pittsburgh 100. Rycon therefore turned to WTW when planning to move from their previous WTW-designed headquarters to 2501 Smallman Street.
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
This high-tech production facility focuses on the employee as much as the sophisticated manufacturing and distribution process. A large glass wall in the atrium/lounge area provides a visual connection to the activity in the production areas enhancing the connection between office worker/researcher and the final product.
This 350,000-square-foot headquarters building for FedEx Ground Services is located on a 115-acre site in Moon Township. The $41 million building is organized into three office wings, interconnected by a network of common spaces, service areas, and atriums.
Pennsylvania General Energy was excited about relocating their headquarters to the two-story, 26,000-square-foot elementary school, yet afraid of its adaptability into a state-of-the-art facility.
The objective of this 45,000-square-foot project was to create a high-quality, functional, and contemporary image consistent with the corporation’s European heritage. Emphasis on Bayer’s extensive contemporary artwork collection is highlighted through the use of clean lines and simple materials.
The first building in a new neighborhood of Bayer’s Pittsburgh Campus provided the opportunity to highlight many of the company’s high performance coatings and insulation products with a sophisticated corporate image. This highly flexible building is oriented to capitalize on distant views and enhance solar control while maximizing daylighting.
Working closely with city planners, municipal authorities, and numerous business and community groups, WTW designed the Mt. Lebanon Transportation Center to integrate into the existing urban fabric.
Mt. Lebanon, PA
Just half a block from Pittsburgh’s PNC Park baseball park, this new 942-car parking structure contains 16,000 square feet of space for restaurants, sports bars, retail shops, or other similar uses. The retail space has 24-foot ceilings and 17-foot-wide sidewalks for outdoor cafes.
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.
AHN Jefferson Hospital embarked on a two-year project dedicated to improving patient care by adding six new operating rooms and renovating and enlarging the existing surgical suite at the hospital.
AHN Jefferson Hospital embarked on a two-year project dedicated to improving patient care by adding six new operating rooms and renovating and enlarging the existing surgical suite at the hospital.
Over the course of many years, WTW has designed a great variety of new diagnostic and treatment spaces for AHN Jefferson Hospital. Carefully studied for their functional efficiency, patient flow, and program flexibility, these renovations/additions always include tight time frames with firm milestones, strict ICRA compliance, and often complex facility systems interface.
Working with Ellerbe Becket Medical Planners, WTW developed a new multi-story addition to AHN Jefferson Hospital for its new Heart Center.
Outpatient access to the Butler Pennsylvania VA Medical Center campus was greatly enhanced by the creation of the new Clinical Services Addition, which was Phase 1 of the implementation of an earlier WTW/Ellerbe Becket Master Plan.
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
Developed as a partnership between Greater Pittsburgh Orthopedic Associates [GPOA] and Everett & Hurite Ophthalmic Association, the new East Side Surgery Center embodies all the components of a stand-alone surgery center, including four operating rooms and a laser procedure room, in approximately 10,000 square feet.
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.
The Youngsville Elementary/Middle School combines kindergarten through eighth-grade students. The 80,000-square-foot facility separates the elementary (K-5) and middle (6-8) grades horizontally between two floors.
44,600 SF New /
33,700 SF Renovation
Long-needed infrastructure improvements and upgrades were recently made at Ingomar Middle School, the first since its original mid-1950s construction. A new 15,000-square-foot addition was constructed along with 100,000-square-feet of renovations. A new library, expanded art rooms and computer rooms, additional classrooms, and a new fitness/weight room were provided. Improvements also included new mechanical, electrical, air-conditioning, networking, and communications systems.
15,000 SF New /
This project is one of three elementary schools renovated and expanded as part of the Upper St. Clair School District’s elementary schools improvements plan, supporting its expanding educational programs.
Upper St. Clair, PA
23,426 SF New /
48,108 SF Renovation
Additions and renovations of all elementary schools in the Upper St. Clair School District were needed to support the expanding educational programs. Streams Elementary was completely renovated including new windows, doors, roof, lighting, and mechanical/electrical systems. The kitchen and serving area equipment for the cafeteria was also completely replaced.
Upper St. Clair, PA
25,815 SF New /
45,844 SF Renovation
This entirely new 105,000-square-foot Elementary Center was located centrally in the district adjacent to the high school to replace and consolidate five smaller outdated facilities. Extensive community interaction guided the design to include facilities that engage the greater community as well as serving the elementary education program. This interactive/collaborative approach lead to broad support for the project.
Warren County, PA
Each building in the District has been designed incorporating a “theme” to provide a distinct identity. The “water” theme was playfully integrated into the design, from a river flowing down the hallways, to concentric circles formed when a stone hits the water, and sail light fixtures and water wall in the library.
20,700 SF New /
81,000 SF Renovation
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 new Gardner Student Union completely replaced the existing student center on the same site, transforming the sense of community on campus. Phased demolition and construction allowed the student center to remain fully operational during the two phases of construction.
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)
Built in 1962, this clubhouse overlooks one of Pennsylvania’s premiere golf courses. WTW designed the exterior of the 29,000-square-foot addition to respect and enhance the building’s original brick exterior.
16,500 SF New /
12,500 SF Renovation
This 1931 English Tudor structure has a red brick and limestone exterior with a slate shingle roof. Using identical materials, the addition design blends with the existing facility.
7,000 SF New
In 1979, this federal-style farm house, originally built in the 1920s, underwent a total renovation, restoration and conversion into a clubhouse with cooking, dining, recreation and meeting facilities.
The renovation and restoration of the 150-room Cincinnatian Hotel re-established this luxurious downtown landmark.
6,700 SF New /
145,000 SF Renovation
The three-story addition to the Nittany Lion Inn transformed this historic landmark into a state-of-the-art conference center while maintaining the character, scale, and ambiance of the original structure.
University Park, PA
135,000 SF New/ 20,000 SF Renovation
Bayer Corporation required a new employee cafeteria as well as an auditorium for regular meetings held at its Parkway Site Campus. Meeting this dual-space need necessitated complete renovation of the existing 11,000-square-foot cafeteria.
13,200 SF Renovation
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
Returning the Port Sky Café to renewed prominence and the center of campus student activity, the renovated facility is energized by a curving main street that provides passing students the opportunity to view the activities of the reimaged servery, and expanded student dining rooms.
6,700 SF New / 17,353 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
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.
Based on WTW’s master plan, the new student housing replaces outdated high rise dormitories with residential learning communities. A variety of living options are provided in the six buildings.
Slippery Rock, PA
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
Committed to continual improvement of on campus student living options, Duquesne University replaced an outdated building with this twelve-story, 131,000 square foot residence hall on central campus. Unit configurations can be changed between semi-suite and full suite arrangements based on demand.
This apartment and suite-style facility provides options for single and shared bedrooms in semi-suite and full suite arrangements in a living/learning environment. Stone and brick facades, steeply pitched roofs, well proportioned windows, and two story porches relate to the campus vernacular.
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.
Keeping with the Housing Master Plan designed by WTW, IUP has been aggressively replacing its student housing. WTW Architects teamed with Allen & O’Hara, Inc. and Massaro Corporation to construct the 186,000-square-foot project housing 596 beds for Phase 4.
WTW Architects was selected to develop a master plan and design for a 1,241,000 square foot student housing complex on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. This comprehensive project was planned as four living/learning communities, with a total of 3,548 beds, constructed in four phases.
Keeping within the Housing Master Plan designed by WTW, IUP has aggressively replaced its student housing. Phase III includes two four-story wood framed buildings, each with an architecture that is responsive to its unique context.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania replaced its outmoded 1970s-style high rise dormitories with low-rise residential learning communities. This project is LEED certified and is one of the largest “green” housing facilities in the world.