Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Bryn Mawr, PA
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church

Project Details

Renovation to historic sanctuary

Built in 1927

8,250 SF/1300 seats

Owner: Bryn Mawr Presbyterian

Architect: Atkin Olshin Shade Architects


2006 Merit Construction Award of Excellence
Association of Buiilders and Contractors

2005 Award for Design Excellence
Philadelphia American Institute of Architects

2005 Merit Award, Faith & Form Magazine

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  • Revived troubled project budget with innovative value engineering
  • Major renovation completed within exceedingly tight schedule

Extensive renovations to the sanctuary of this Philadelphia Main Line landmark were initiated to improve the acoustics of the cathedral-like space while adding much needed upgrades to the life safety and mechanical systems. Through careful pre-planning, W.S. Cumby  was successful in choreographing a critical path schedule which enabled work to be completed in a narrow six-month window, accommodating the Church’s calendar of events. The W.S. Cumby  Value Engineering Process yielded savings of over $500,000, reducing construction costs to fit within the Church’s working budget.

The project included excavation and underpinning of the undercroft of the sanctuary, installation of a new acoustically balanced mechanical system, structural modifications, new fire-protection systems, new wood ceilings, plastering of the entire interior, new balcony space and millwork to accommodate a new pipe organ and extensive lighting refinements.


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