The Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers has announced that Robert A.M. Stern Architects' pedestrian bridge at Villanova University has received its Outstanding Project Award for 2020.
The pedestrian bridge, part of Villanova's most recent expansion project to the south of Lancaster Avenue, connects The Commons—the University's newest residence halls also designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects—to the campus's historic core to the north. The Collegiate-Gothic bridge, embellished with four gold-toned crosses, one atop each of the bridge's four stone piers, announces the campus to motorists driving along Lancaster Avenue. For pedestrians, the picturesque new bridge stands on axis with the campus's St. Thomas of Villanova Church, and has become a popular photo location for students and visitors alike.
Villanova University's Commons accommodates 1,135 students in a variety of suite configurations in six Collegiate-Gothic buildings interlinked through a series of quadrangles that allow movement from the bridge all the way through the site. Community amenities include two fitness centers, a TechZone, collaborative work and study spaces, a market-style convenience store, and a full-service restaurant open to the public. RAMSA Partners Robert A.M. Stern, Graham S. Wyatt, and Kevin M. Smith led the project's design effort. Voith & Mactavish Architects served as architect of record.
The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers is a non-profit organization recognized as the voice and advocate of all professional engineers licensed in Pennsylvania. The organization is devoted to public safety and welfare through its support of licensure for engineers. The Outstanding Project Award given by the PSPE's Delaware County Chapter, recognizes an outstanding project, research, or other significant engineering contribution, to Delaware County and southern Chester County, Pennsylvania. Selected award recipients will be honored at the Chapter’s Engineers Week Banquet on February 19.