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University of the Sciences Selects Sasaki as its Campus Master Plan Design Firm

By Brian Kirschner

University of the Sciences, which has embarked on creating a 10-year campus master plan, has selected Sasaki Associates, Inc., based in Watertown, Mass., as its lead design firm. With a 60-year history and an innovative approach to planning and design for higher education institutions, Sasaki was the unanimous choice of the campus master planning committee.

“Our committee agreed that a few factors tipped the scales in favor of Sasaki, including the talent of the design team, their reliance on in-house resources, the statistical and analytical tools they have developed, and their experience in the Philadelphia-metro area,” said Dan Severino, director of facilities services and chair of USciences campus master planning committee.

“The University of the Sciences master planning committee is remarkably thoughtful, and the campus context is rich with opportunity,” said Tyler Patrick, planner and Sasaki principal in charge of the project. “We are excited to collaborate with them to create a forward-looking master plan that will advance the University’s aspirations.” 

The campus master plan will be the most visible fulfillment of the University’s current planning. The University is pushing to complete a re-envisioned campus master plan to take advantage of real estate opportunities and the convergence of developing academic and strategic plans. 

“A campus master plan is good academic and business practice,” said John Vitali, vice president for finance and administration. When completed, the campus master plan will frame a comprehensive 10-year strategy for the growth and development of the campus. “Even before the plan is fully executed, we expect it will continue to help the University attract and retain the best students, faculty, and staff.”

As part of the campus master plan process, the University will be seeking internal and external stakeholder input.

“This is an exciting time at USciences,” said University president Dr. Helen F. Giles-Gee. “The planning by the entire University community will create a foundation on which University of the Sciences will continue to build and thrive well into our next 200 years. We are very much looking forward to working with Sasaki, a well-recognized design firm that will challenge the campus to think and plan outside the box.”

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