Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Master Planning Materials

Topography

WPI's core campus sits atop one of Worcester's many scenic hilltops. Calvert Vaux, co-designer of New York City's Central Park, once visited WPI and helped to shape the land beneath Boynton Hall, now on the National Register of Historic Places. All of the University's main facilities are sited on this hill, which contribute greatly to the sense of community here. The topography is also the main contributor to WPI's current dilemma - there are few, if any, suitable remaining building sites left on the hill to accommodate future growth. As a result, the University must consider how to both rebuild its existing campus and decompress it to achieve more efficiency out of the available land.

Drainage for the campus is primarily directed to Salisbury Pond. The athletic and recreation fields adjacent to Park Avenue also represent a significant retention area for the stormwater runoff.

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