Swarthmore College

CICADA’s redesign of this mid-century stone and concrete structure transformed it into a modern facility for Student Health and Student Counseling. The building’s interior was entirely reconfigured, all building systems were replaced, the previously uninsulated building envelope was insulated and sealed to meet current energy code requirements, and all exterior windows and doors were replaced. The project included small additions to two of the four wings of the original structure. Reconfiguration of the window openings transformed their energy performance, the amount of natural light throughout the building’s interior, and its exterior appearance. Combining careful attention to program needs with respect for the spatial qualities of the existing building, the architects introduced light, color, texture, and a syncopation of interior spaces to bring the building back to life as a state-of-the-art facility to support services, programming, and innovations in student care.

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