Campus Planning & Design

Campus Planning & Design promotes wise stewardship of the University’s physical assets and provides responsive, high quality and creative solutions in support of the University’s mission.

Director: Steve Watson

Planning Responsibilities

  • Provide big picture planning ideas and concepts, aligning near-term priorities with long-term goals.
  • Assure that projects adhere to the principles, guidelines, and requirements of the campus master plans
  • Develop new campus master plans and sub-district plants
  • Lead the campus planning process
  • Guide transportation studies and improvement projects
  • Develop site selection studies and feasibility studies for new buildings and building additions
  • Produce Campus Exterior Architecture Plans (CEAPs)
  • Guide adoption and implementation of the UPD
  • Represent University on Centre Regional Planning Commission

Design Responsibilities

  • Maintain the highest standards of design quality for campus planning, architecture and civic spaces at all Penn State campuses
  • Develop and enforce University design guidelines, standards and expectations
  • Guide and review the designs for new buildings, major building renovations, new civic spaces, site improvement projects and parking/roadway projects
  • Participate in all phases of the design process from building programming through construction
  • Coordinate design approval process with senior administration
  • Manage architect selection process
  • Manage the interpretation and implementation of the University Signage Standards, including design, fabrication, installation and maintenance
  • Guide implementation of the Campus Beautification program

Board of Trustees Responsibilities

  • Ensure that construction projects comply with the Penn State Board of Trustees Bylaws and Standing Orders
  • Prepare Task List for BOT Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning
  • Prepare projected BOT Committee on Finance, Business and Capital Planning agendas
  • Coordinate with design consultants and produce Finance, Business and Capital Planning Committee presentations on new construction
  • Prepare Finance, Business and Capital Planning Committee presentations on Penn State real estate transactions

People In Division

Madeline Cantu
Design Resources Coordinator, Landscape Architect
(814) 863-4242
Thomas Flynn
Landscape Architect
(814) 863-4531
Kelly Harris
Landscape Architect
(814) 865-8249
Derek Kalp
Landscape Architect
(814) 863-8740
Steven Watson
Director of Campus Planning and Design
(814) 865-8158
Greg Kufner
University Architect
(814) 865-8177
Doug Cramer
Senior Architect
(814) 863-6325
Neil Sullivan
University Planner
(814) 863-3158
Tracy Irvin
Assistant Director of Real Estate
(814) 863-0795