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

Flexible Master Plan Transforms an Entire Campus

In 2006, we guided The Shipley School through a comprehensive Campus Master Planning process. However, when the economy stalled in 2008 and a large adjacent property became available, we helped the School 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.

B&F has assisted the School in successfully executing four phases of work over the last decade. 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. At our recommendation, stormwater management facilities were included to support future phases of campus development. Phase II created the new 26,000-sqaure-foot, LEED Silver Shipley Commons featuring a dining facility, 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. This phase also included renovations to the Old Main building to convert the former Dining Hall into a new Learning and Research Center.
Phase III involved locker room renovations and Phase IV work created new squash and rowing center facilities. The Shipley School also asked Becker & Frondorf to manage a major campus-wide signage and branding program, oversee a theater AV upgrade, and assist with the planning of future projects.