Brown Richardson + Rowe is working with Goody Clancy on the new Massachusetts LEED Plus student housing and dining facility at Worcester State University in Worcester, MA. BRR’s scope of work includes conceptual site design and the final design of landscape elements including: pedestrian and plaza pavements, landscape curbs, low walls, site stairs, metal railings, fences and gates, site furniture such as benches, trash receptacles, bike racks, and bollards. BRR will also be involved in Construction Administration activities associated with these elements.
The addition of this new building on the hillside above Coughlin Athletic Field provides spectacular views and creates a new flexible plaza space within the residential area of campus. An outdoor area, accessible from the dining facility on the first floor of the building, provides students with an outdoor dining option during the warmer months.
New retaining walls currently under construction on the hillside will be visually screened by plantings at the base of the terraced walls. BRR selected low maintenance plant species that are adaptable to the challenging environmental conditions on the hillside: tolerating drying winds, temperature extremes, varying dry and wet soil moisture while also being attractive year-round with dense growth habit that will initially screen the walls and will not grow too tall over time and block views from the first floor of the building.
Groundbreaking for the building occurred on March 21, 2013 and the new 400 bed residence hall and 575 seat dining facility will be ready for occupancy at the beginning of the fall 2014 semester.