Who We Are

Our Planning, Design and Construction Group is comprised of professional individuals on staff as stewards of Bucknell to provide various in-house expertise including architectural, structural, and engineering services. We are responsible for over 500 acres of campus property and over 150 buildings that were built from 1890 through 2017. Our team leads the campus through the budget approval process, planning, design, construction, and procurement phases. The team oversees the construction of all capital projects on campus including new construction, renovations, infrastructure, landscape, GIS, and space planning needs.

What We Do


Over 500 acres


We oversee over 500 acres of University property

  • 42 acres Cowan Conference Center
  • 67 acres Chillisquaque Natural Area
  • 1 acre Downtown properties
  • 25 acres Melberger/Chillisquaque Creek Farm
  • Over 150 buildings

Project Management

  • New Construction
  • Renovations

Feasibility Studies

Campus Planning

Space Planning

CAD Management/ CAD Drawings

GIS Utility Mapping

Campus Buildings (Approximately 140)

  • 88 Academic, Administrative & Support Buildings
  • 36 Residence Halls (counting 35-unit mods as one unit)
  • 6 + 2 Fraternity Houses (BU and non-BU owned )
  • 9 Rental Properties
  • 2 Leased Properties

  • 5 Buildings at Cowan
  • 3 Melberger

How We Do It


The primary function of the Planning, Design & Construction (PC&C) Group is to support the University’s building program and its operations in the planning, design and construction administration of new buildings and renovation projects throughout the campus properties.

We do this with the collaboration of University departments such as Events Planning, Library & Information Technology, Public Safety, Student Affairs and Communications.  Together we deliver successful projects on time and within budget.

Major Capital Design to Construction Process

  1. Pre-Design - Time varies 1-3 months
  2. Schematic Design - 3-6 months
  3. Design Development - 5-7 months
  4. Construction Documents - 4-6 months
  5. Bidding and Negotiation - 4-6 weeks
  6. Construction Administration - 3-20 months
  7. Close-out/Move-in - 1-2 months

Facilities Capital Budget (FCB) Design & Construction Process

  1. Call for projects/budget - Time varies 1-2 months
  2. Review Requests: Begin initial scope of work (SOW) and budget - 2 months
  3. Balance FCB and develop final SOW - 1 month
  4. PD&C develop final scope and budget - 1 month
  5. Construction drawing, Bidding and permitting - 1-2 months
  6. Construction Administration - 4-6 months
  7. Close-out/Move-in - 1 month

External Agency Approvals

  • East Buffalo Township
  • Lewisburg Borough
  • Central Keystone Council of Governments Code Review
  • Lewisburg Historical Review Board
  • Union County Conservation District
  • William Cameron Fire Department

Planning, Design & Construction creates, manages and maintains GIS maps for various constituents on campus.

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