Stewart Plaza at DePauw UniversityGreencastle, Indiana

Opening up a new north-south axis on center with DePauw University’s most historic building, East College, Stewart Plaza is planned to become the heart of campus. With Browning Day as prime site designer, the plaza will knit together a new dining center and renovated union building designed by the Robert A. M. Stern office in New York. Carefully programmed and planned to embrace pedestrian activity and create a “place” on campus, the plaza will feature two fountains that book-end a plaza space on center with the Dining Commons. Sensitive grade changes allow for barrier-free access to buildings’ main entries, bosques of trees in a suspended pavement planter system and varied surface materials including turf, crushed granite and granite paver and steps. Subtle theatrical lighting of seat-height walls, fountains and plant material will welcome students, faculty and staff at all hours. Many underground utilities were coordinated in order to accommodate sloping walkways and the planned placement of 6” caliper London Plane Trees.