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PROJECT // Widener University: Academic Center North
LOCATION
Chester, Pennsylvania

DESIGN SOLUTION
The 12,000 s.f. Academic Center North renovation fit-up involved the planning and design for six large, multipurpose classrooms serving 30 to 75 students each, as well as faculty offices for the Mathematics Department. The challenge of having to execute this project in 10 weeks over the summer break was further complicated by the fact that the second floor shell space had numerous HVAC shafts rising from the first floor. Limited ceiling height due to the structural design of the existing building added additional design complexity.

A large rotunda and gathering space incorporated into the circulation system accommodated the peak traffic during class changeovers. Adjoining this area is a student lounge open to the two-story circulation spine of the building. The open-lattice oak framework of the lounge provides separation and a 3-dimensional quality while allowing visibility, eliminating blind corners, and enhancing student security.



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