Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Campus Quad + Wedge Terrace | Worcester, Massachusetts
WPI’s Campus Quad renovation provides the college with a high use lawn, large canopy trees, brick pedestrian pathways and a large dining terrace for both day and night use. The dining terrace frames a lively seating area and open amphitheater that supports outdoor classroom use. Strategic grading of the site provides full pedestrian and emergency vehicle accessibility.
The underdrainage system at the lawn diverts storm water to an underground chamber, slowly releasing water back into the subsurface. Additional sustainable features include solar powered lights and solar-reflective pavement materials.
Spanning 2.75 acres, the vibrant new lanscape alleviates what had previously been an underdesigned open space that included surface parking. The project was completed on an expedited schedule, proceeding from conceptual design to construction completion within nine months.
Samiotes Consultants, Inc.
Thompson Engineering Company, Inc.
Cutler Associates, Inc.
Pine & Swallow Environmental