Bryn Mawr, PA

The Shipley School

B&F assisted The Shipley School with four phases of work over a decade, including a new LEED Silver Building and state-of-the-art squash and rowing facilities.

The Shipley School
Project TypesNew Construction, Renovation, Athletic Fields, Squash and Rowing Facilities
Total Construction Cost$28.5M
ArchitectsBohlin Cywinski Jackson and MGA Partners
Civil EngineerSite Engineering Concepts
BuilderW. S. Cumby
Phase III Design/Build TeamW. S. Cumby / James Bradberry Architects

Stewards of a Flexible 10-Year Master Plan

Flexible Master Plan for Independent Projects

B&F's first assignment with The Shipley School was to lead the school through a comprehensive campus Master Planning process. When the school later purchased a large adjacent property, we helped them to re-evaluate their facilities strategy, shift priorities, and create a new Master Plan that provided a flexible framework for implementing a variety of independent projects as funds became available.

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A New Facilities Building, New Athletic Facilities and Parking

For over a decade, B&F worked with The Shipley School to successfully execute four phases ofwork. Phase I was an $11 million athletic facilities project that involved the demolition of an apartment building, the creation of artificial turf athletic fields, and the construction of a multi-functional structure that includes a parking deck, tennis courts, and a maintenance facility.

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Updated Signage and Branding

At our recommendation, storm water management facilities were installedto support future phases of campus development. Near the end ofPhase I, the School also asked Becker & Frondorf to manage a major campus-wide signage and rebranding program.

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An Out-of-this-World Student Commons

Phase II created the new 26,000-sqaure-foot, LEED Silver Shipley Commons in the heart of the campus that features art and music classrooms and a “gray box” theater. We negotiated the contract for its rooftop photovoltaic array, the first solar installation in Lower Merion County.

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Upgraded Dining Facilities

This phase also included the creation of a new dining hall in Shipley Commons, as well as renovations to the Old Main building to convert the former dining hall into a new Learning and Research Center.

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State-of-the-Art Athletic Facilities

Phase III involved locker room renovations and Phase IV construction created new state-of-the art squash courts and rowing center facilities.

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Tradition of Excellence

Over a ten-year period, B&F worked with The Shipley School to thoughtfully plan and modernize their facilities to meet the needs of their students and continue their 125-year tradition of excellence.

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