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Bucknell University - Academic West

Warming up to education

  • LEED

    Certified Silver

  • 70K

    Square Feet

  • Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

    Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

Inspired by the energy and passion of the Bucknell community, we focused on building creative and warm spaces

Bucknell University wanted a space that encouraged exploration and collaboration, a place with opportunities to be creative and useable nook spaces. It needed to be warm and inviting—to capture the energy and passion of the Bucknell community.

Academic West is home to the social sciences and is also a dedicated space for the Bucknell Institute for Public Policy. Mixing classroom space and numerous hearth spaces, the design facilitates collaboration and dialogue between faculty and students. By using glass partitions (in lieu of walls) and expansive windows, the lines between spaces are blurred—giving indulgence to the curious. Plus there’s the “pocket areas” for individual and group study.

The facility has computers for 102 students and a Geographic Information Systems laboratory equipped with advanced mapping software and licenses for additional research tools never before available to Bucknell students. Smart classrooms let faculty control lighting, window shades, projectors, media players, and a webcam from a single touch screen.

Anchored in the new quad in Bucknell’s south campus, Academic West delivers novel ways for students to learn and collaborate. 

Meet Our Team

Jennifer Montgomery, Associate

Properly designed systems can help empower productivity, creativity, and awaken potential in an individual—it’s our job to facilitate this.

Paul Pohlod, Principal

Architects and engineers continue to merge in relentless pursuit of excellence and with collaboration and passion achieve true integration.

Alex Wing, Principal, Education

Balancing analysis and design, I develop an optimal match between academic, research, and support facilities, and the client’s mission.

Jennifer Montgomery


Paul Pohlod


Alex Wing

Principal, Education

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