The Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons

West Chester, Pennsylvania




West Chester University


175,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


Design team
Studio Sustena (Landscape Architecture); Stantec (Civil, MEP Engineering and Lab Planning); Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineering); Corsi Associates (Food Service); Shen Milsom Wilke (AV/IT/Security); Re:Vision Architecture (LEED Consultant); Mark Harris Lighting Design (Lighting Consultant); Becker & Frondorf (Cost Consulting); Tim Haahs & Associates (Parking Garage Consultants)

The president of West Chester University (WCU) challenged the design team to find the highest, best use for the last developable spaces on campus with a resource that promotes impactful research, campus life, and meaningful education for the growing community while restoring programs that had been relegated to satellite locations.

Institutional and student success comes from cross-disciplinary discovery and ideation, opening avenues to new programs, innovations and areas of research. The architect examined alternative spatial strategies to support WCU’s academic mission for a synergistic inter-collaborative learning laboratory in the heart of campus.

Collocating Physics, Health Sciences and Biomedical Engineering programs, the Sciences & Engineering Center and The Commons creates an intersection of disciplines, breaking down traditional academic silos. This transformative facility puts learning on display in a setting accessible to the entire student population, increasing interest in the burgeoning fields of sciences and engineering, and offering a broad range of general-use classrooms, lecture facilities, and student services such as board dining.

A bleak part of campus, previously defined by surface parking and a decommissioned boiler plant, has been transformed into a student-centered hub of scientific inquiry abuzz with social connections.

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2023 Architectural Portfolio

Interior category

Technology/STEM Centers

Product suppliers specified

Carpet by Tandus
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Mannington
Flooring by Johnsonite
Brick/Masonry by Endicott Tile
Ceilings by Armstrong World Industries
Ceramic Tile by NEMO
Ceramic Tile by Garden State Brickface and Siding
Ceramic Tile by American Olean
Door Hardware by Von Duprin
Door Hardware by LCN Closers
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Trimco
Door Hardware by Schlage
Door Hardware by DORMA Architectural Hardware
Door Hardware by Stanley
Door Hardware by NGP
Doors by Curries
Doors by Graham Wood Doors
Doors by Dynamic Closures Corporation
Doors by McKeon
Elevators by Schindler Elevator
Insulation by Knauf Insulation
Insulation by ROXUL
Movable Partitions/Walls by Nana Wall Systems
Movable Partitions/Walls by Hufcor
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Elkay
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Plumbing by American Standard
Roofing by Sika Sarnafil
Skylights by Supersky
Windows by Kawneer
Windows by TGP Technical Glass Products
Lighting & Accessories by Lumenpulse
Lighting & Accessories by Mark Architectural Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Lithonia Lighting
Emergency Lighting by Lithonia Lighting
Fire/Life-Safety Systems by SimplexGrinnell
Security Systems by Panasonic
Security Systems by Axis Lighting
Card Systems by Sargent
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Irwin Seating
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Sedia Systems
Drinking Fountains by Elkay
Hand-Drying Equipment by Dyson
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
HVAC Units by Trane
HVAC Units by Xetex
HVAC Units by Greenheck
HVAC Units by Marley
HVAC Units by Taco
IAQ Devices by Automated Logic
Draperies/Blinds by Lutron
Kitchen Equipment by John Boos & Company
Kitchen Equipment by Hoshizaki
Kitchen Equipment by Merrychef
Kitchen Equipment by Victory
Kitchen Equipment by Nexel
Kitchen Equipment by Fry Master
Kitchen Equipment by Advanced Tabco
Lockers by Great Openings
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Koroseal
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Ghent
Signage by iSign
Wire Management by Legrand
Benches/Site Furnishings by Forms + Surfaces
Waste Receptacles by Victor Stanley
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