Construction Project Details

Town Center West:  Roundabout on Chester Road

Construction of a roundabout at the S. Chester Road (PA 320)/Rutgers Avenue intersection in Swarthmore began in August.  Traffic will be restricted as construction progresses, but at no time will Chester Road be completely closed.   Lane adjustments and travel patterns will be clearly marked throughout all phases of the project.  Access to businesses and residences on Chester Road and Station Square East will be maintained at all times, including routes for emergency vehicles.

Most of the construction will take place Monday through Friday during daytime hours.  However, some portions of the work will occur during nighttime hours, as required by PennDOT to minimize the impact on Chester Road during peak travel periods.  

Contact:  Jan Semler x8660 

Clothier Bell Tower, Repointing and Repairs

The pointing and stone repair has been substantially completed on the exterior.  Repairs to the limestone on the interior will continue.  The bell system is undergoing a major overhaul with new wiring, hammers and control system to be completed in October 2014.

Contact:  Ralph Thayer x8278


The new building currently under construction will provide 21,000 square feet of space for ultra-modern fitness equipment, as well as areas for free weights and cardio training.  The Matchbox will support Garnet athletics by providing appropriate space for sport-specific training. It will free up the Mullan Center - which will still host the College's indoor tennis facilities -for additional wellness activities, athletics, and physical education classes.  The needs of the College's increasingly popular theater program also took center stage in the design of the Matchbox. Today, the Theater Department requires an average of 80 hours a week for classes and rehearsals. The theater black box to be located in the new building will provide much needed additional rehearsal space in support of the College's theater curriculum. The Matchbox will also be able to accommodate small-scale performances, including staged readings and playwriting thesis projects.

Contact :  Jan Semler x8660

West Field House Lane Parking Lot

A new parking lot is under construction between Field House Lane and the SEPTA railroad tracks, behind 502-506 Field House Lane.  This lot will replace student and staff parking which will be removed by construction of the Town Center West project.  The targeted opening date for the new parking lot is Fall Break 2014.  Student parking will be relocated to the new lot at that time.  Faculty/staff parking will be moved later this fall when the road is relocated as part of construction of the roundabout on Chester Road.

Contact:  Jan Semler x8660

Dana/Hallowell Infill

This project is a 73 bed addition that will connect the two buildings creating a fully accessible complex.  Features will include elevators, a large multi-purpose space and an outdoor terrace on the lower level.  The project will continue through the academic year, and be ready for occupancy in August of 2015.

Construction continues on the Dana Hallowell addition.  Emergency egress stairs and pathways are in place for the year, and are to be used in case of emergency only. Currently, we are in the process of excavating and building concrete footers and foundation walls. This work will include some fairly noisy drilling, for installation of rock anchors.   This work will continue through September.  Steel erection will start on or about October 1st, and will involve a crane onsite. There will be minimal work in the front courtyard area facing Wharton.

Contact: Susan Smythe x2063.

Willets Residence Hall, Roof and Boiler Replacement, Bathroom and ADA Upgrades

Construction has been substantially completed on several projects at Willets Residence Hall.  The building has a new roof and boilers, completely renovated bathrooms, and ADA improvements.  The student lounges and kitchen received a facelift as well.  The heating renovation is a demonstration project in that the building will be removed from the aging campus steam system and operate as a stand alone building with high efficiency natural gas fired condensing boilers and domestic hot water heaters.

Contact:  Jan Semler x8660