Construction Project Details

The Inn at Swarthmore

The Inn at Swarthmore is imagined as a hub of intellectual energy and a gathering place for faculty, students, and staff; for visiting scholars and speakers; for alumni, parents, prospective families, and friends of the College; and visiting friends and family members of local residents. Housed in the same building as the inn is an independently-operated restaurant and a College-operated campus and community store. All will be open and available to the public.

Incorporating elements of Swarthmore Borough's Revitalization Plan and remaining consistent with the College's mission, the goal is for this project to serve as a physical and social link between the Borough and the College, promoting collaboration, communication, and opportunities for intellectual engagement involving the entire community. Set to open in June 2016, it is built on College-owned land near the south entrance to campus and the SEPTA regional train station.

Contact: Jan Semler, x8660

Roundabout on Chester Road

Construction of a roundabout at the S. Chester Road (PA 320)/Rutgers Avenue intersection in Swarthmore has been completed. Lane adjustments and travel patterns are clearly marked and traffic through all access points of the roundabout are unobstructed. Access to businesses and residences on Chester Road and Station Square East are now open without restriction.

Contact:  Jan Semler x8660 


Newly completed in October 2014, the building provides 21,000 square feet of space for ultra-modern fitness equipment, as well as areas for free weights and cardio training.  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 Matchbox.  The theater black box will provide much needed additional rehearsal space in support of the College's theater curriculum.  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 located between Field House Lane and the SEPTA railroad tracks, behind 502-506 Field House Lane, replaced  student and staff parking which was removed by construction of the Town Center West project. The lot opened in October 2014 and student parking has been relocated to the new lot. 

Contact:  Jan Semler, x8660

Dana/Hallowell Infill

This project is a 73-bed addition connecting the Dana and Hallowell creating a fully accessible complex. Features will include elevators, a large multi-purpose space and an outdoor terrace on the lower level. 

Contact: Susan Smythe, x2063

Infrastructure-Natural Gas Line to Upper Campus

This project will bring a fuel supply to the redesigned Dana/Hallowell/Danawell Infill project as well as providing for the future conversion of several other buildings on the upper campus. The availability of natural gas will permit the installation of high efficiency boilers and domestic hot water supply to gradually reduce the need for heat to be supplied by steam from the Central Heat Plant. This will greatly improve the energy efficiency of the campus and aid in our carbon reduction goals. The project is being done primarily with horizontal directional drilling. This technology eliminates open trenching to lay pipe in place. The machine simply requires pits to be dug at strategic locations to accomplish the installation thus minimizing impact to the ground surface and plantings.

Contact:  Ralph Thayer, x8278