Lutheran Theological Seminary

Philadelphia, PA

The Brossman Learning Center and Krauth Memorial Library

Project Type: Renovation and New construction
Construction Cost: $20 Million
Project Size: 60,000 square feet
Architect: George Yu Architects
Builder: Alvin H. Butz Corporation


  • New construction with restored Gothic facade on Seminary campus

  • interior of new Brossman Learning Center building on LTS campus

Carefully Merging Old & New

The construction of the new 60,000-square-foot Brossman Learning Center at Philadelphia’s Lutheran Theological Seminary was a very ambitious project for an institution of this size. The design preserves an iconic 1888 Victorian Gothic façade that faces the campus quad, while creating a sleek, modern addition that looks outward toward the public.

The B&F team carefully coordinated construction activities to minimize disruption to the 400 graduate students on this small campus. Adding to a 19th century masonry building poses many challenges, from ensuring structural integrity as sections are removed, to minimizing damage to aging masonry and properly aligning new and existing floor plates. Our Project Managers worked with contractors to resolve technical issues and maintain a safe campus environment throughout construction. Successfully completed in time for the Fall semester, the new Center supports the Seminary’s educational mission, providing classrooms, meeting rooms, informal gathering spaces, offices, and storage for library collections.