Marywood University – School of Architecture
Beginning with a 1950’s gymnasium and natatorium, hemmler+camayd architects created an open, airy flexible home for Marywood University’s new School of Architecture. Original concrete-block walls and exposed steel truss and deck ceiling remain. The insertion of a partial second floor adds much needed studio space. The addition of clerestory skylights streams natural light into double-volume critique and teaching areas.
Phase 1 of this project renovated the gymnasium, where the original wood floor reveals the space’s origins. Phase 2 renovated the adjacent natatorium, and a tiered, sunken studio and resource area takes advantage of the original pool excavation.
A wall of glass wall at the west end replaces original brick and block to provide a window to a green sweep of the campus.
Construction Cost: Phase I – $5,000,000; Phase II – $5,500,000