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Swarthmore College Residence Halls

William Rawn Associates

Project Name

Swarthmore College Residence Halls

Project Status



  • General Contractor: W.S. Cumby & Son
  • Landscape Architect: Olin Partnership
  • Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants
  • Ripman Lighting Consultants
  • Rob Wear
  • Cosentini Associates
  • Kevin Bergeron
  • Robert Benson

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Project Description

2012 RADA
Campus Housing / Merit

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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