Waynesburg University


Campus Master Plan and Implementation, Downtown Vision Plan

Waynesburg, Pennsylvania

30 acres, 12 hectares

Campus Planning, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Planning and Design

“I can personally attest to the outstanding design work of SmithGroupJJR . . . We thank them for helping us make the University what it is today, and look forward to a relationship for years to come.”

—Timothy R. Thyreen, President, Waynesburg University


Waynesburg University first turned to SmithGroupJJR for ideas on how to establish new gathering areas and create a more pedestrian-friendly campus. The resulting planning and design work over the past two decades has transformed the campus into a vibrant, people-centered environment and established a legacy of collaboration between the University and the Borough of Waynesburg.

Waynesburg’s master plan anchors its more pedestrian-centered campus with a new, central quadrangle. Parking was relocated, and interior streets were converted to pedestrian walkways. Building projects stemming from the master plan include a performing arts center, student center, wellness center and five new residence halls.

The Borough also approached SmithGroupJJR to assist in developing a downtown vision plan. With Waynesburg’s campus directly bordering the central business district, it was an ideal opportunity to reinforce the town-gown relationship and leverage future development opportunities. Thanks to this joint planning framework, the campus and community now have a collective vision for working and growing together.