Swarthmore College – NPPR Residence Hall

In order to accommodate a rapidly growing student population, Swarthmore College added a 128-bed residence hall near its Palmer, Pittenger and Roberts residence-hall complex. Langan provided site/civil, survey, and geotechnical engineering services to facilitate designing, permitting, and constructing the new residence hall. The project was designed to minimize environmental impact by following the recommendations established in the college’s sustainability framework. To meet the college’s sustainability goals, Langan worked closely with the project landscape architect, Studio Bryan Haynes, to design the site to preserve trees, respect the ball fields adjacent to the resident-hall quadrant, provide outdoor space for student enjoyment, provide low-impact stormwater-management features, and conserve energy. Langan’s experience with designing and permitting innovative stormwater management on tight urban sites was a key contribution to the success in the design and approval process for this project.