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Boston Society for Landscape Architects Honors Bentley College for Institutional Design

June 10, 2008

The Boston Society for Landscape Architects honored Bentley College with a 2008 Merit Award for College and University Design for the Upper Campus entry quadrangle project. Bentley worked with landscape architect Stephen Stimson Associates and landscaper ValleyCrest Companies.

According to Paul Clemente, Bentley vice president for business and finance and treasurer, the intent of the design was to create an attractive area to serve as the gateway to the college, a view of the library and clock tower, and a grassy, shaded area where students can congregate comfortably.  It also was intended to bring together the LaCava Center and library plaza by giving people on both levels a sightline to the other.

"Since its completion," he notes, "the area has been recognized by students as a place where they enjoy studying or just hanging out, and it has improved the first image that many visitors to the college see when they drive up the main entrance roadway."

The project was completed in phases, beginning in 2004 with the removal of three feet of a high wall that acted as a visual boundary between the LaCava plaza level and the library levels of campus. Removal of this boundary had the effect of visually bringing the two campus levels together. The second phase of the project was the major renovation of the plaza itself during the summer of 2005 and included trees, walkways, park benches and picnic tables. The final phase occurred during the summer of 2007 when the asphalt was stamped and painted to give the main walkway the illusion of pavers.

The award furthers the college's commitment to create and support a well maintained campus infrastructure, and highlights the Bentley Facilities Management Department, which manages 163 acres and 47 buildings. Recent infrastructure projects include a complete reconstruction of the library (2006) that transformed it into one of the most technologically advanced business college libraries in the U.S.; and a 30,000 square-foot addition to the athletic facilities that includes a state-of-the-art fitness center and food court. Past facilities management awards and recognition include the Sightlines ‘Best Practice in Operations and Service Categories; 'Infor Operational Excellence Award; International Facilities Management Association Achievement Award; and DataStream Innovation Award.

BENTLEY UNIVERSITY is one of the nation’s leading business schools, dedicated to preparing a new kind of business leader – one with the deep technical skills, broad global perspective, and high ethical standards required to make a difference in an ever-changing world. Our rich, diverse arts and sciences program, combined with an advanced business curriculum, prepares informed professionals who make an impact in their chosen fields. Located on a classic New England campus minutes from Boston, Bentley is a dynamic community of leaders, scholars and creative thinkers. The Graduate School emphasizes the impact of technology on business practice, in offerings that include MBA and Master of Science programs, PhD programs in accountancy and in business, and customized executive education programs. The university enrolls approximately 4,100 full-time undergraduate, 140 adult part-time undergraduate, 1,430 graduate, and 43 doctoral students. Bentley is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges; AACSB International – The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; and the European Quality Improvement System, which benchmarks quality in management and business education. For more information, please visit

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