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Salisbury University Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons

Located prominently at the heart of the University campus, the Guerrieri Center is the largest academic building on campus. It serves a variety of roles: hub for students, visitors, and the community including classrooms, a two-story café, 24-hour study space, individual and collaborative study areas, and special collections library. The building also has entrances on three sides – a heavily-trafficked public roadway, Red Square, and Henson Quad.

Floura Teeter’s design includes various terraces that utilize materials consistent with the building that visually connect architecture to landscape. Seat walls and stormwater planting beds define the streetscape-like entry and defines pedestrian and bus drop-off zones. Adjacent to SU’s signature plaza, Red Square, a café terrace with moveable seating flanks a large plaza/terrace, the outline of which reflects the footprint of Caruthers Hall, formerly on the site – a design move that allowed preservation of existing planting.

Vegetative roofs are incorporated in the design and total 30,000 square feet. Seat walls and paving cut-outs delineate the well-integrated stormwater areas and draw attention to these sustainable features. Water treatment will be visible and beautiful and will provide an opportunity for student study.

The Guerrieri Center is an important new resource for civic engagement in the surrounding community. The building is LEED Gold certified.

Project Category: Education

Location: Salisbury, MD

Client: Salisbury University

Contractor: Gilbane

Architect: Ayers Saint Gross/Sasaki Associates

Project Costs: $115,800,000

Landscape Construction Costs: $1,500,000

Awards: USGBC Maryland Wintergreen Award, 2016; AIA Maryland Honor Award; AIA Potomac Valley Honor Award

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