Kleinfelder prepared a campus-wide development plan for Westfield State College in Western Massachusetts. Westfield State is located in a beautiful residential neighborhood on a knoll above the Westfield River. Although a large number of students are commuters that arrive by car each day, there is a substantial population of resident students.
The campus has a residential character with broad green quadrangles and low-rise buildings. Major physical challenges included the need to more sensitively incorporate large parking lots into the campus, properly site several proposed new buildings, and plan for sustainable future expansion.
To achieve these goals, Kleinfelder examined existing conditions including building uses, vehicular and pedestrian circulation paths, utility infrastructure, and aesthetic enhancement opportunities and configuration. Workshops were conducted with members of the administration, faculty, staff, and students to identify common objectives and needs. The final deliverables consisted of plans, sketches, and text that identified the framework for future campus development and growth, including proposed capital projects and site and utility master planning. The plan was conceived as a “living” document to be updated and revised as the College’s goals evolve over time.
Kleinfelder facilitated numerous interactive workshops, developed creative design alternatives, and suggested building prototypes that will provide the college with an inspiring, economical, and sustainable future vision for the campus.