Susquehanna University, Campus Master Plan Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania

Firm: Derck & Edson Associates, LLP

Associated firm: Spillman Farmer Architects

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Design team: Stephen B. Sproles, RLA, Partner-in-Charge; Tim Maness, RLA, Project Manager; Andrew J. Kriemelmeyer, RLA, Project Landscape Architect

Client: Susquehanna University; Sara G. Kirkland, Executive Vice President for Administration and Planning

Area: 200 acres of campus land holdings plus about 130 acres of potential land purchases

Total cost: $35 million over 10 years (including projected cost of construction, not including design fees and municipal approvals)

Susquehanna University had nearly finished several building projects when it undertook its latest master plan. This plan was intended to address the next series of challenges the university will face, including:

  • Creating social spaces, both interior and exterior.

  • Continuing growth of the student population with its inherent demands.

  • Purchasing land that could expand the campus borders and improve the campus landscape.

  • Parking, circulation and aesthetic issues.

  • Strengthening relationships with the Selinsgrove Community.

A broad spectrum of individuals and groups from the campus community worked to identify issues, build consensus and create alternatives for guiding the new wave of campus growth. These efforts resulted in a campus master plan, a plan that was documented in a traditional book format and as a web page.

The vision for Susquehanna's campus includes new recreation areas and athletic fields, expanded residential facilities, additions to the Degenstein Student Center and Fisher Science Hall, and possibilities for a new academic quad.

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