Project Site Plan: The project includes the Performing Arts Center (front) and parking garage (rear) on East Main Lot, residence halls with ground floor University owned and operated retail on West Main Lot, a pedestrian bridge at Church Walk, and enhanced surface parking around Moriarty, Griffin and Geraghty Halls. The project will also feature the addition of two levels to the existing St. Augustine Center parking garage on main campus.
Aerial Depiction: The residence halls are designed in the Collegiate Gothic style that is prevalent throughout campus. The halls follow the curve of Route 30/Lancaster Avenue to provide a continual view of the central landmark of campus: the St. Thomas of Villanova Church.
A New Student Residential Community: The residence halls will provide approximately 1,135 beds for junior and senior students, allowing the University to house 85% of its undergraduate populations. As with similar projects in the past on South and West Campuses, this project will not lead to an increase in undergraduate student enrollment.
Promenade Along Lancaster Avenue: A promenade - set back from Lancaster Avenue by fencing, trees and plantings - will run in front of the residence halls and ground floor retail. This view looks east from the base of the pedestrian bridge at Church Walk.
Small Courtyard View: Pedestrian walkways will connect the buildings and link the multiple outdoor courtyards, a key feature in the project design. Smaller courtyards face the rear of the property, and are designed to maximize natural light and serve as quiet outside study areas.
Large Courtyard View: The layout of the residence halls feature two large courtyards facing Lancaster Avenue that break up the streetscape and provide outdoor gathering spots for students. Along with the smaller rear-facing courtyards, these green spaces help to limit impervious surface and feature rain gardens and other measures that assist with stormwater management.
Intersection of Lancaster & Ithan Avenues: The ground floors of the residence halls will feature University owned and operated, student-focused retail to include a VIllanova apparel shop, convenience store and bistro, as well as a fitness center and collaborative work and study space.
Performing Arts Center: The Performing Arts Center will be located in front of the new parking garage at the southeast corner of Ithan Avenue and Route 30/Lancaster Avenue. It will feature academic and performance space to support theatre, studio arts and music activities programs on campus
Pedestrian Bridge at Church Walk: A pedestrian bridge over Lancaster Avenue will be constructed at Church Walk. With 70% of classrooms located on the western part of main campus, this overpass is well-situated to attract significant use from students on South Campus, the new residence halls and the enhanced surface parking, as well as visitors and St. Thomas of Villanova Church parishioners.
Transforming the Villanova Campus Along Lancaster Avenue
Transforming the Villanova campus along Lancaster Avenue is a process that maps back to the implementation of the Villanova University Strategic Plan and Campus Master Plan. This project includes the following elements:
Villanova will turn the nondescript parking lots along Lancaster Avenue into premier living spaces. The Collegiate Gothic-style residential housing will be complemented by University-operated and student-centric retail, including a new Villanova apparel shop, bistro and convenience store, as well as a mailroom, fitness facilities and student collaborative workspace. These residence halls would accommodate roughly 1,135 upper class undergraduate students, and will enable the University to provide on campus housing for approximately 85% of its undergraduate students.
Performing Arts Center
The Performing Arts Center will bring together Villanova’s artistic community under one roof, supporting the studio arts and music activities programs in addition to Villanova Theatre. The facility will feature two performance spaces – a 400 -seat proscenium style theatre and a 200- seat black box theatre. It will also include classroom and rehearsal space, dance and art studios, a scenery shop and offices.
Parking and Traffic Flow Enhancements
The work to transform Villanova’s campus along Lancaster Avenue will be parking neutral—neither adding nor decreasing the amount of parking spaces—but it will allow the University to improve parking locations and allow for more efficient traffic flow around campus. Through this project, two levels have been added to the existing St. Augustine Center parking garage, a new surface parking lot has been created around Moriarty, Griffin and Geraghty Halls, and a new parking garage with the capacity to hold approximately 1,300 vehicles will be constructed on the rear portion of East Main (Pike) Lot. As the project progresses, there will be a series of traffic improvements along Lancaster Avenue from Ithan Avenue to the intersection of Route 320/Spring Mill Road, including coordinated traffic signals, designated turn lanes and a decreased number of individual driveways with cars entering and exiting. The University is also working to develop additional plans to proactively address traffic and parking, especially at major events on campus.
With 70% of classrooms located on the western part of main campus, a pedestrian bridge at Church Walk will attract significant use from students on South Campus, the new residence halls and the surface parking lot created behind Moriarty, Griffin and Geraghty Halls, as well as visitors to campus and St. Thomas of Villanova Church parishioners.