The challenge for SUNY Upstate was to accommodate a 30% growth in student enrollment in a landlocked urban campus that was already near capacity. The solution was to establish new sub-districts for housing and research on nearby underutilized sites, relieving the core of non-essential functions and leaving room for new academic and clinic growth. Each district has its own programmatic focus, whether clinical, academic, research, or student village, and its own architectural and landscape character. Streetscape and park improvements along the two avenues that connect the districts serve to unify the expanded medical campus identity, and create an attractive experience for both drivers and pedestrians. Former defunct industrial sites and vacant surface parking lots are transformed into vibrant mixed use districts that promote spin-off development, and encourage partnerships with private developers and other institutions.
DumontJanks team members led the design of the above project while employed by Sasaki Associates, Inc. DumontJanks is not associated with Sasaki.