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University of Rochester Science and Engineering Quad

IBI Group was selected through a design charrette process to design the new 4.5 acre open space associated with a new science and engineering building at the University of Rochester.

University of Rochester
Rochester, NY
4.5 acres Size
Ongoing Status

The new University of Rochester Science and Engineering Quad aimed to create a new central green space for the campus along the primary circulation pathways and strengthen and enhance the connections between the existing Eastman Quad.

The new quad creates open, accessible spaces to accommodate formal student activities such as Mel Day, Dandelion Day, Earth Day and commencement exercises, and informal activities and learning. Areas for passive and active relaxation and interaction were the focus of the final design, providing spaces for these interactions that previously didn’t exist.

The design clarified circulation to the new building’s entrances, and created a porch area adjacent to the glass facade. More direct routes were created by realigning the circulation and regrading the existing slope. A stand of trees aimed to mitigate the strong winds created by one of the buildings. The existing rain garden was relocated to create a central green space and several beloved mature trees remain as part of the campus.

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Chris Jones

Associate Director | Office Lead, Boston
Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Chris Jones directs a variety of campus landscape master planning and site design projects. His efforts also focus on site design for urban mixed-use development projects and associated streetscape restoration.

Carl Frushour

Associate Principal, Landscape Architecture
Boston, MA

Boston, MA

Carl is a Senior Project Manager with over 18 years of experience in the field of landscape architecture, having worked on various projects types in the U.S. and abroad. Carl is a lead designer responsible for all phases of projects and is committed to a collaborative process. He is currently working on projects ranging from urban mixed-use developments to resilient waterfront developments and higher education campuses to corporate campus headquarters.