Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Shuster Hall at Raystown Field Station

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Institution Name: Juniata College
Original/Historic Place Name: Grove Farm
Location on Campus: Raystown Field Station
Date(s) of Construction:
2002-2003original construction; June 1, 2002 - June 1, 2003 Hoffman Popovich Architects & Associates
Designer: Hoffman Popovich Architects & Associates
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Contemporary (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, engineering
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: masonry
Walls: wood frame
Roof: metal with composite material
2003-present (2006)other (field station)

This building is an additional structure on the grounds of Grove Farm, an 18th-century farmhouse which served as the main facility for the Raystown Field Station, an educational and environmental facility.

The Raystown Field Station was established by Juniata College and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 1974 to provide special opportunities for environmental research and education at the 29,000 acre Raystown Lake Project. The 365 acre reserve lies in the valley and ridge province of central Pennsylvania and offers visitors access to the various aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems of this unique region.

The new field station, Shuster Hall, is being developed in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and in accordance with the project mission and objectives identified in the Academic Plan prepared by the Academic Planning Committee of the Raystown Field Station. It is also worth noting that the plan supports the Raystown Lake Project Master Plan. In addition to satisfying the academic objectives of Juniata College, the facility will support the outreach and research efforts of other organizations.

The facility will provide for year-round educational programs available to all students of the College. Students will reside on the Raystown Field Station site for a full semester, thereby facilitating a total immersion experience. Elective course work will be conducted on site, precluding the need for students to commute to the main campus. Research in terrestrial and aquatic ecology and watershed science will be accommodated. Provisions will also be made for ongoing and future research programs. To further strengthen the College's outreach mission, the new field station will provide laboratory capabilities for the region, offering programs and access to interested parties.

Design issues will continue to evolve and be further defined through Master Planning efforts. Parameters being considered that will ultimately shape the final facility features include:

* Best energy and water conservation practices.
* Profiling resource and technology uses, and faculty/student/staff participation in the selection and implementation of methods.
* Sensitive integration of buildings into the landscape, leading to a facility that meets functional objectives but has minimal impact.
* Creation of opportunities for an immersion experience in the natural environment.
* Passive solar design (daylighting)
* Use of local materials and products with low embodied energy.
* Use of materials that are recycled and recyclable.
* Re-use of existing furnishings/equipment salvaged from Campus.
* Simplicity in design.
* High quality indoor air.
* Operation & maintenance methods that also conform to environmentally sustainable practices.

Shuster Hall is part of the "Meadow Site" on the northeastern point of a peninsula north of Allegrippis Ridge, approximately 3,400 feet northeast of the existing field station. Criteria considered during site selection included proximity to the lake, favorable slope, infrastructure development costs, expansion potential, and remoteness from the existing field station. The multi-story building design will result in fewer independent structures, thereby reducing ecological impact. These structures have been carefully sited and will be built along natural contours to minimize land disturbance, address accessibility issues, consolidate circulation paths, and maximize daylighting potential to both upper and lower floors.


Kaylor, Earl. Juniata College: Uncommon Vision, Uncommon Loyalty. Huntington, PA: Juniata College Press, 2001.

"Raystown Field Station." Online (2006). Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA.


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