Stevens Institute of Technology McLean Hall Plaza
McClean Hall was built in early 1970s with matching materials used for building facades as well as exterior spaces. Derck & Edson created a design which infused engaging contrast between the architecture and the entry plaza by converting the ground plane into a system of cool gray patio pavers and neutral stone retaining walls. The new design highlights the entry and the contrast accentuates the warm brick of the building. Curvilinear geometry in paving and wall systems breaks up the previously blocky space and promotes smoother pedestrian flow directly to the main entrance.
The once-hidden entry vestibule is highlighted by a new glass-and-steel awning framed by new sconce lights and updated building identification lettering. An existing bike parking area next to the main entrance was cleaned up and reorganized with new bike racks and concrete paving with brick accent bands. The public sidewalk was also replaced and campus standard energy-saving streetlights were added for pedestrian safety. As this educational building serves as the second gateway into campus, custom decorative screening panels have been designed to screen several large transformers that flank the public sidewalk. These panels contain messages that promote the educational values and goals of Stevens Institute of Technology.