Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Alice Paul Residence Hall

Academic journal article Planning for Higher Education

Alice Paul Residence Hall

Article excerpt

Honor Award for Excellence in Architecture for a New Building

Swarthmore College with William L. Rawn Associates Architects, Inc..

and LeMessurier Consultants; Olin Partnership; Cosentini Associates, Inc.; W.S. Cumby & Son, Inc.

Jury Comments

"...One of the best examples of a more traditional vernacular, introducing modernism...great landscaping details...sets a bar for the next development..."

Project Highlights

* Supports college's philosophy that residence hall living enhances education by contributing to an individual's academic, social, and personal development

* Network of portals and public courtyards create a transition between campus and town

* Intentionally features rooms variously sized to attract students from all four classes, mixing upper and underclassmen in support of Swarthmore's emphasis on inclusive community

* Building was designed to promote an active hall social life with generous lounges located on each floor and a two-story main lounge serving as the building's living room

* Building located through a site selection assessment based on campus' planning principles

* 5,000 square foot vegetated roof

* Drywall recycled and the resulting gypsum was used by the arboretum to improve soil drainage and plant growth

* Residence hall is organized around a common campus open space typology; a three-sided open space fronting on the town. …

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