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Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Campus Quad & Wedge Triangle

Worcester, MA

After the addition of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) new 500-space parking garage and elevated athletic fields in 2014, the school was looking to reorient the campus in response to this major change to its composition. The new parking garage concentrated away from the center of campus, which meant the work had to focus on redesigning the Quad to be a strong, central community and gathering space for students and faculty, this included realigning circulation connections, creating placemaking nodes, improving drainage within the established active high-use lawn, providing donor recognition opportunities, and designing the new Wedge Dining Terrace to provide an outdoor dining terrace.

Samiotes provided civil engineering and environmental permitting services for the improvements to the Campus Quad and Wedge Terrace at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester. Renovations to the 2.75-acres of open space provided a much-needed gathering space for students with brick pathways and a large dining terrace area. Our scope included a Soil Erosion and Sediment Control plan, review of vehicular layout and materials and grading design provided by Landscape Architect, design of an irrigation system from an existing water system on site, design of a subsurface / underdrain system to help mitigate standing water and drainage issues in the existing Quad area (that is used for graduation), and design of a new stormwater management system to accommodate storm events as required by the City of Worcester. The underdrainage system at the lawn diverts storm water to an underground chamber which then slowly releases the water back into the subsurface.





Halvorson | Tighe & Bond Studio



Civil Engineering

Environmental Permitting


2018 AIA Merit Design Award

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