widener site plan c
Widener University, Harris Hall Chester, PA
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  • Size:70,000 Square Feet
  • Total Cost:$17 Million
  • Completion Date:September 2015

Construction of a new Student Housing & Dining Center was recently completed on the Widener campus. Kimmel Bogrette was selected by Widener administrators after winning a competition to design the new 200-bed residence hall will satisfy growing campus housing needs due to increases in undergraduate enrollment and student retention. The design created a vibrant, public face on a busy street with an active Dining Center at ground level and a roof deck on the second floor where student residents can relax and enjoy the sun and views. This project “advertises” Widener’s brand as “the Leading Metropolitan University” with a student housing building that speaks to the legacy of Widener’s past, inclusiveness of the present, and aspirations for the future. The location of dining, retail and education spaces allows for more widespread use and further enlivens the areas in and around the building. The combination of brick and limestone bring a warm, traditional feeling with modern aspects that make the building right for these times.

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