“ . . . interesting method to create outdoor space in a colder climate . . . I’d want to walk through that space if I attended this university. . . incredible transformation . . . casual soft seating/fire pit encourages people to sit outside . . . ”
Integrated into the west flank of Rochester Institute of Technology’s academic core is the new bustling “outdoor living room” and social heart for the campus, Global Plaza. It’s an inviting space for dining, studying, socializing, and small events situated on a campus that previously had relatively little outdoor activity other than walking between buildings. An early challenge to creating a well-used iconic plaza was identifying the redevelopment site closest to the academic core that captured the most people flows and offered enough buildable footprint to orchestrate the desired indoor-outdoor storefront-plaza relationships. The pedestrian-only plaza and surrounding dining, stores, seminar space, and student housing replaced 1960s townhomes, which were clustered around parking lots. The plaza extends the campus core’s iconic massing and scale of its east-west pedestrian spine, but in a less stark, more complex, and vastly more usable way.
SWA Group; ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge; Erdman Anthony; LeMessurier; The Pike Company; Frederico Construction; Lakeview Lawn and Landscape