Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA
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.