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October 06, 2015

Plans for new Science & Engineering quadrangle take shape

plan for new quad design
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The quadrangle enclosed by Robert B. Goergen Hall, Hylan Hall, Hutchison Hall, the Computer Studies Building, and the future Wegmans Hall will be transformed beginning next spring with new walkways, trees, seating, and a botanical rain garden. The landscaping plan for the new Science & Engineering Quadrangle is intended to add greater functionality to the four acres of land and to complement Wegmans Hall, the new four-story, 58,000-square-foot building that will serve as the home to the Goergen Institute for Data Science.

The quadrangle is being designed by Carol R. Johnson Associates Landscape Architects, a Boston-based firm selected for this project through a competitive process and with input from students, faculty, and staff. The final design will be in place this December, with landscape construction beginning in April 2016. The new quadrangle is expected be ready for the following fall.

“The transformation will bring a new vibrancy to this portion of River Campus and is being designed in a manner consistent with our University’s character and natural beauty,” says University President and CEO Joel Seligman. “The new Science & Engineering Quadrangle will be a dynamic outdoor location and a more open, social area for Rochester students, faculty, staff, and visitors to enjoy.”

The overall site will be landscaped to create a more usable green space for events and activities. With a design that mitigates the significant changing grades of the land, the area will for the first time be able to support tents and seating for University events such as Meliora Weekend, Commencement Weekend, student club activities, concerts, and food trucks.

groundlevel view of quad

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