Swarthmore College Dana-Hallowell Student Residence Addition

In order to meet the needs of an expanding student population. JacobsWyper design a 73-bed infill addition to two existing dormitories, Dana and Hallowell.  These two independent buildings are physically separated by 30 feet, and together they form a semi-circular plan around a landscaped knoll.

The new addition fills the gap between the residencesand adds another wing to the rear overlooking Swarthmore’s arboretum.  A very tight floor-to-floor dimension in the existing dorms prevented the use of standard block and slab construction, so the addition’s upper floors incorporate a panelized light-gauge heavy wall system coupled with a thin composite slab. This project also addressed accessibility issues, provided new, large community spaces and air conditioning, and upgraded common services.


Swarthmore, Pennsylvania


24,600 SF

Project Principal

Jamie Wyper

Project Manager

Joseph Felicetti


AIA Pennsylvania Citation of Merit

IIDA Best of Education Award

Merit Construction Awards of Excellence Winner - ABC Eastern PA Chapter