Wheeling Jesuit University


Wheeling Jesuit University Master Plan

Wheeling, West Virginia

65 acres (Main Campus), 26 hectares (Main Campus)

Architecture, Engineering, Campus Planning, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Urban Planning and Design


Wheeling Jesuit is a private, Catholic university with a student enrollment projected to double by 2017. To accommodate this ambitious growth, SmithGroupJJR prepared a campus master plan to strategically reposition the university for the changing dynamics of higher education. The plan targets major facilities enhancements and the establishment of a new downtown campus.

Main campus initiatives focus on the renovation and expansion of student-life facilities, including residence halls, an expanded recreation facility, new student center, and new competitive athletic fields. New academic facilities will include classroom and laboratory space and a renovated academic commons and library.

The downtown campus will provide a comprehensive live-learn environment emphasizing professional and graduate programs. Working in concert with the Regional Economic Development Partnership, the new location will also serve as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment. Town/gown development partnerships are already underway, thanks to a process that engaged local stakeholders with a shared vision.