Wilson HGA Hosts Lehigh University Design Summit

Lehigh University Design Summit Meeting
Wilson HGA Principal, David Feth, leading the Lehigh University Design Summit on March 15th.

Lehigh University, located in Bethlehem, PA has its sights set on a major academic vision of growth over the next ten years. Wilson HGA is playing a part in this vision, currently designing the University’s new Health Science & Technology Building, slated for completion in 2021. Yet, this state-of-the-art facility is just one of many projects occurring on campus, all with the goal of enhancing the student experience and paving the way for Lehigh’s impactful future.

On March 15th, Wilson HGA hosted a design summit, bringing together four northeastern-based architectural and landscape firms with projects currently under design at Lehigh University. The event, led by Wilson HGA’s David Feth, involved design showcasing, idea sharing, and relationship building between the firms, providing the opportunity to strengthen synergies between projects and participants.

Brent Stringfellow, Associate Vice President and University Architect of Lehigh University, opened the conversation by highlighting planning principals, infrastructure, and goals established through the University’s Path to Prominence plan, setting the stage for the afternoon’s discussion.

Each of the four projects were described by their respective Architectural and Landscape teams. The presentations focused on each team’s response to the context of Lehigh’s historic core, their legacy of progressive buildings, and response to their immediate context, including significant campus topography and associated lawns, parks and gardens.

The Architectural/Landscape teams included the following projects:

Wilson HGA/Sasaki: Health, Science and Technology Building

Shepley Bullfinch/Richard Burck Associate: University Center

Sasaki/Sasaki: Bridge West Student Housing

Voith & Mactavish/Stephen Stimson Associates: College of Business & Economics Expansion Building

The four projects represented the full range of design phases, from schematic design through early construction, and each of the building forms were as unique as their respective sites. Lessons were learned, and ideas were shared to the benefit of each project and ultimately, the University. The design summit was a resounding success, paving the way for continued collaborative efforts between the participants and heightening both awareness and stewardship of the high goals and aspirations of Lehigh University.

To learn more about Wilson HGA’s current project on the Lehigh University campus, the Health, Science and Technology Building, click here.