At the heart of the campus, Sikora Wells Appel created a new Quad that was designed in concert with the Student Success Center. This new series of spaces has completely transformed the feel and functionality of the campus and was driven by the institution’s planned transformation from a two-year commuter college to a four-year college. The Quad balances an open lawn space designed to hold large events and ceremonies with smaller areas for gathering, dining, and studying. As the central activity hub, the Student Success Center Plaza was created with flexibility in mind and accommodates daily outdoor dining, outdoor classes, and other events. Anchored by numerous built-in seating options, the Success Center Plaza boasts nearly 400 linear feet of amphitheater bluestone steps in addition to large-scale concrete seat wall planters, which are filled with ornamental grasses, perennials, shrubs, and flowering trees. By contrast, the Grove is a more intimate space, incorporating a variety of shade trees, groundcover planting, stone dust gravel, and moveable tables and chairs. A network of new walking paths serves to connect students to each building as well as the parking lots and other areas of campus.
At the heart of Temple University’s Main Campus, Sikora Wells Appel led a 3.5 million-dollar reimagining of an historic, 1960s-era Modernist sunken garden, originally designed by renowned landscape architect George Patton. While honoring the original design intent of the garden, many updates and additions were made, including a new water feature, new lighting, seating, paving, and planting.
Villanova University’s main campus occupies 254 acres and consists of nearly 80 buildings including classroom/academic buildings, residence halls, and a conference center. As part of a project to Transform the Campus Landscape into a pedestrian-friendly place, a plan was developed which links major spaces and buildings with a clear and strong pedestrian path system and associated site improvements. The design utilizes a hierarchy of paving materials to define pathways which identify and improve sightlines to major destinations and improve wayfinding, while enhancing and beautifying major arrival points. Vehicular patterns have been re-worked to eliminate daily car traffic from the core spaces on Campus and make the pedestrian experience enjoyable and of the utmost importance.