Shortlidge Mall

Penn State University

Shortlidge Mall

Penn State University

Institution Type:

 Higher Education

Project Class:

 Site Improvement, Transportation

Project Delivery System:

 General Contractor

Construction Type:

 New Construction

The “Gateway to the Sciences” and Shortlidge Mall won a national award for excellence in planning and design. This pedestrian-only landscape has become one of the most popular destinations on campus. The wide variety of outdoor gathering spaces is surrounded by trees, lighting, and seating areas designed to comfortably accommodate large and small groups. Features include a perennial garden with over 20,000 bulbs selected to bloom at scheduled intervals throughout the spring and summer, a continuous granite seat-wall surrounding the Great Lawn with the names of all the academic colleges at the university engraved on the surface, and a medallion with the university seal in the center of the mall.

Details and Awards

Start Date


Substantial Completion



Penn State University
University Park, PA 16802


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University Park, PA


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