swarthmore college residence halls, swarthmore, pa.
william rawn associates, architects

Swarthmore College’s new campus housing includes two buildings with layouts that foster interaction among students in different years of study. “A great overall plan and conception,” one judge said.

William Rawn Architects, Associates designed two separate volumes that wrap three sides of a courtyard and open to the main lawn. Each building has strategically placed double-height entries, wide corridors and communal spaces, and a combination of single and double unit types.

Environmental stewardship also was important. The team planted a green roof on the two structures, and specified solar shading, fritted and low-E glass, and natural ventilation.


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project credits

principals in charge: William L. Rawn, FAIA, and Clifford V. Gayley, AIA, William Rawn Associates, Architects; project manager/architect: Kevin Bergeron, AIA, William Rawn Associates, Architects; designer: Rob Wear, William Rawn Associates, Architects; general contractor: W.S. Cumby & Son, Springfield, Pa.; landscape architect: Olin Partnership, Philadelphia; mep engineer: Cosentini Associates, Cambridge, Mass.; structural engineer: LeMessurier Consultants, Cambridge; lighting consultant: Ripman Lighting Consultants, Belmont, Mass.; project size: 130 square feet to 270 square feet; site size: 2 acres; construction cost: Withheld; units in project: 106; photography: Robert Benson Photography.

product details

ceiling tiles: Ecophon, www.ecophon.com, RPG Diffusor Systems (wood ceiling tiles), www.rpginc.com; exterior siding: Vals quartzite; flooring (carpet): Lees Carpets, www.leescarpets.com; green roof: Green Roof Service, www.greenrooftechnology.com; hardware: GKD, www.gkdmetalfabrics.com; paints: MAB Paints, www.mabpaints.com; roof: Sika Sarnafil, usa.sarnafil.sika.com; skylight: Viracon, www.viracon.com; windows and curtainwall: Wausau, www.wausauwindow.com