From Symbiosis to Integrity- Improving the connectivity of Beaver Stadium to the University Park Campus of Penn State University

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Arabshahi, Alireza
Graduate Program:
Master of Architecture
Document Type:
Master Thesis
Date of Defense:
September 15, 2014
Committee Members:
  • Daniel E Willis, Thesis Advisor
  • Beaver
In 1959 the initial structure of the Beaver Stadium was disassembled and re-erected in its current location. Thanks to the abundance of open space adjacent to the stadium, the subsequent athletic structures were constructed on East Campus. However, Rec Hall that is one of the main athletic structures of the campus is still located on West Campus. The distance between the two structures, as well as the typology of spaces between them – to say, academic and residential buildings close to the Rec Hall and vast open parking spaces surrounding Beaver Stadium – further intensify the detachment of Rec Hall from the athletic department’s zone. My thesis is a design proposal for improving the connectivity of the stadium to the campus context. A set of architectural strategies are identified and their validity is explored via the analysis of the design approaches taken for addressing similar issue in five collegiate on-campus stadiums.