Swarthmore College Whittier Hall Arts Building

This new academic facility was crafted for maximum flexibility, initially serving the Psychology Department and Engineering (including wood, metal and welding shops) during construction of a new Science building. JacobsWyper then worked closely with the College to transition to its originally intended long term use for Studio Arts - Ceramics, Makerspace/Sculpture, faculty offices and student studios. The building also has seminar rooms, critique spaces and display areas.

All aspects of this building meet or exceed LEED Platinum standards, demonstrating the intense focus on sustainability throughout the planning and design phases. High-performance features include a geothermal heating and cooling conditioning system, vertical sunshades, accessible green roof terrace, anti-bird strike glass, a solar photovoltaic array, and electricity that is provided exclusively from wind energy. The building’s
complex stormwater drainage bed far exceeds code requirements,
managing 25 times the normal stormwater flow at the site.


Swarthmore, Pennsylvania


20,000 sf

Project Principal

Jamie Wyper

Project Manager

Joseph Felicetti


GBCA Excellence Award for Best Educational Institution Project

Swarthmore Whittier Hall

This facility not only meets LEED Platinum standards, it meets or exceeds Swarthmore’s exceptional sustainability goals, including the requirement to create a totally carbon-neutral facility.

Integrating building and site was integral to the design process.

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