Worcester State University’s 58-acre campus is known for its rolling topography, diverse landscape and varied architecture.
The growth in enrollment and academic programs was the catalyst for the campus’s expansion, beginning in 1965 with the construction of the Sullivan Academic Center. Since 2004, capital projects have addressed the demand for more on-campus housing, need for additional on-campus parking, and commitment to modernize the facilities. Worcester State’s close-knit campus has transformed over the years to meet the goals of our master plan: Renewing the campus with an “open, collegiate landscape” and creating “an identifiable sense of place.”
The campus features several LEED-certified buildings. (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is an assessment tool that certifies best-in-class green-building strategies were used.) The Shaughnessy Administration Building, extension to Dowden Hall, and Sheehan Hall are LEED-certified. The Wellness Center is a LEED-certified building project.
Wasylean Hall received the Honor Award for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects of Central Massachusetts.
Upgrades to the softball and baseball fields include state-of-the-art irrigation and groundwater mitigation, new playing surfaces, new dugouts, new lighting, a press box, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers, batting cages, removable fencing, scoreboards and annual, professional maintenance of the Kevin D. Lyons ’65 Baseball Diamond.
The baseball field received national recognition as the best maintained college field in the country in 2015.
This unique collaborative investment from Worcester State University, Worcester State Foundation, and the city of Worcester enables multiple sports programs to make use of the facility each year, including Little League baseball, Babe Ruth baseball, adult baseball, softball leagues, youth soccer leagues and football leagues.
Renovations also included the creation of a walking trail, with further support from the Reliant Medical Group.