Community Updates

June 13, 2018

In order to continue the progress on the BEP building, the delivery of major mechanical equipment is expected during the week of June 18–22 and again in mid-to-late August. These deliveries require the use of an unusually long tractor-trailer truck , which is unable to use the established construction vehicle route. The route to campus (or these deliveries only will be: I-476 to Baltimore Pike, East on Baltimore Pike to Cedar Lane, South on Cedar Lane to Elm Avenue, Right on Elm Avenue to Whittier Place, Left on Whittier Place to the construction site. More information about the deliveries can be found here.


May 29, 2018

There is construction related to the BEP project which requires the installation of underground piping from the Chiller Plant (the large, windowless building behind the Science Center) to the BEP building site. The route of the piping will follow the road alongside the Science Center and will cross Whittier Place to reach the new building. To accommodate the installation of this piping, vehicular traffic to and from Lang Performing Arts Center, Lang Music Building, Cornell Library and the Science Center will be detoured through the Whittier Parking Lot. Pedestrian routes, including accessible routes, will be altered but maintained at all times. The drop-off and pick-up route for summer camps and events will be adjusted so that buses and cars can circulate through the Whittier Parking Lot rather than stopping on Whittier Place. Some parking, including accessible spaces, in Whittier Parking Lot will be closed or displaced during the construction. The most disruptive work will be completed by August 31st. A smaller piece of construction will follow after Labor Day, in the area closest to the Chiller Plant. Read the full update.


August 10, 2017

As part of the ongoing work on BEP, the construction site will continue to be fully excavated this month. Over the next two weeks, a series of controlled, underground blasts — no more than two per day and each no louder than a thunderclap — will take place to break up bedrock that must be removed in order to begin the construction of BEP's structural foundation this fall. We are working with the project team to closely monitor these operations and any vibrations created by the underground charges to the buildings adjacent to the construction site: Beardsley, Friends Meetinghouse, Hicks, Lang Center, Pearson, Science Center, Trotter, Whittier, and the residences along Whittier Place. Please know that during this time, all buildings can be occupied and that work in those buildings can take place as otherwise intended. Read the full update.


July 19, 2017

Planned as a model for environmentally intelligent construction practices and providing expanded, modern space for biology, engineering, and psychology, BEP will support the campus community by strengthening interdisciplinary connections between academic departments across the curriculum. This newsletter is one of a series of community updates about the project. We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience as this important effort gets underway. For additional information, visit the project website (swarthmore.edu/bep) or email bep@swarthmore.edu. Please look for additional updates as construction progresses. Read the full update.


June 29, 2017

This is the first of a series of updates you will receive periodically during the construction of the Biology, Psychology, Engineering (BEP) project. In addition to providing expanded, modern space for biology, engineering, and psychology, BEP—planned as a model for environmentally intelligent construction practices—will support the campus community by strengthening interdisciplinary connections between academic departments across the curriculum. Read the full update.