Florida State University | Tallahassee, Florida
The new Dirac-Dittmer Plaza creates a contemporary plaza experience with strong ties to Legacy Walk, a central promenade that winds through campus. This public space, positioned between the Dirac Science Library on the east and the Dittmer Science Building on the west, was previously a run-down sidewalk with loose areas of bike parking and an awkward ramp system that did not meet current ADA standards.
Florida State University
The design of the new plaza reinvigorated this thoroughfare into a sunlit plaza bustling with activity. The shifting lines of the plaza provide alcoves for students and faculty alike. A central hub with low sitting walls is positioned directly between the two main entrances to foster casual gathering and conversation. A new cantilevered patio is located adjacent to the recently completed Dirac Starbucks, providing views of Legacy Walk to the South and the new Plaza to the west.
A crucial component of this project was to provide a barrier-free environment for all users. The renovation scope included: relocation of utilities, walkways, stairs, ramps, bike parking, lighting, emergency blue-light, and coordination of landscaping with creative vegetation.