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
LocationBryn Mawr, PA
Project TypesNew Construction, Renovation, Athletic Fields, Squash and Rowing Facilities
Total Construction Cost$28.5 million
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 to transform a campus

Flexible Master Plan for Independent Projects

B&F's first assignment with The Shipley School was to guide the school through a comprehensive campus Master Planning process. However, after the school 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 independently implementing a variety of projects as funds became available.

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A New Facilities Building

For over a decade, B&F worked with The Shipley School in successfully executing four phases of projects. 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 included to support future phases of campus development. Near the end of this phase of work, 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 the 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, Becker & Frondorf 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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