The Shipley School

Bryn Mawr, PA

Athletic Complex, Student Commons, and Learning and Research Center

Phase I – Athletic Fields, Tennis Courts, Parking Structure
Project Type: New Construction and Athletic Fields
Construction Cost: $11 Million
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Civil Engineer: Site Engineering Concepts

Phases II & IV – Shipley Student Commons LEED Silver certification
and Learning and Research Center
Project Type: New Construction and Renovation
Construction Cost: $13 Million
Architect: MGA Partners Architects
Builder: W.S. Cumby

Phase III – Locker Room Renovation
Project Type: Renovation
Construction Cost: $1 Million
Design Build Team: W.S. Cumby/James Bradberry Architects

Phase V –   Squash Building and Indoor Rowing Center
Project Type: New Construction and Renovation
Construction Cost: $3.5 Million
Architect: Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Builder: W.S. Cumby


  • LEED Silver-certified Shipley Commons

  • The new Shipley Commons building

    A view of the new Quad from the Commons building.

  • new campus building Shipley Commons, interior of the cafeteria

    Interior of the dining facility in the Shipley Commons

  • Students playing instruments in new Ensemble Room in newly constructed Shipley Commons

    Ensemble Room in the Shipley Commons building.

  • The New Learning and Research Center is an addition to the renovated Old Main building

  • Image of finished Shipley Main Building

    Completed Main Building after renovations and additions Photo courtesy W.S. Cumby

  • Exterior of parking structure and tennis courts designed by CBJ architects

    Multi-level structure with parking, maintenance facility and tennis courts.

  • image of rendering of renovated indoor rowing center

    A state of the art indoor rowing center for student athletes

  • Rendering of the new squash facilities

Transforming an entire campus.

The Shipley School retained Becker & Frondorf in 2007 to guide them through a Master Plan that would transform their campus.

And when the economy stalled in 2008, we helped re-evaluate that plan. The school decided to shift priorities and move forward by starting on the proposed second phase of the Master Plan.

The $11 million Athletic Facilities project included the demolition of an apartment building, the creation of several acres of artificial turf athletic fields, and the construction of a multi-functional structure, designed by architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, which included a parking deck, six tennis courts, and a Maintenance Facility.

Phase II involved the construction of the 28,000 sq. ft. Shipley Commons and Art Center, designed by MGA Partners, that features a new dining facility, art and music classrooms, and a “Gray Box” Theater. This project is certified LEED Silver by the US Green Building Counsel (USBGC) and houses a solar-powered photovoltaic array on the roof, the first installation in Lower Merion County!

The next major transformation centered around the series of renovations to the Old Main building and included converting the  former dining facility into a new library and media lab, the Learning and Research Center.

Shipley has also invited Becker & Frondorf to manage an Athletic Locker Room renovation, a major campus-wide signage program to follow in the school’s rebranding efforts, a theater renovation, and the planning of other future phases. Including the current construction of the new squash center and indoor rowing facilities.