Alice Paul Residence Hall

Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA

Project Details

32,000 SF

Owner: Swarthmore College

Architect: William Rawn Associates


2006 Boston Society of Architects
Honor Award

2006 Boston Society of Architects
Honor Award for Housing Design

The mission of Swarthmore College for this project was two-fold: construct a building to house students into the next century and do it in a way that was sensitive to the local ecology as well as the global environment. As Construction Manager, W.S. Cumby not only shared in the vision but worked in partnership with the College and design team to find innovative and efficient systems and solutions.

Designed and constructed to LEED Gold standards, the hall houses 75 students in a combination of airy single and double rooms as well as six two-level "loft doubles." Each floor has cooking facilities, bathrooms, and a lounge. Light pours into the sustainably designed building through expansive windows specially treated to reduce solar gain and prevent bird collisions.  This project uses up to 30% less energy than code standards.


  • Designed and constructed to LEED Gold standards
  • 30% more energy efficient 
  • 95% of construction waste was recycled

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