Bryn Athyn College: Brickman Student and Admissions Center

Project Description

The Brickman Center is a two-story building nestled into the natural grade of the landscape that appears, when approached from the west, to be a single story. The plan is organized in an L shape, with one side abutting the existing building (on the east) and the other side extending out (on the north).

Project Details

  • Client Bryn Athyn College
  • Location Bryn Athyn, PA View map
  • Use Admissions / Welcome Center
  • Sq. ft. 31500
  • Completed 2009

The Brickman Center is a two-story building nestled into the natural grade of the landscape that appears, when approached from the west, to be a single story. The plan is organized in an L shape, with one side abutting the existing building (on the east) and the other side extending out (on the north).

The primary volumes within the building are the campus Great Room on the first level and the two-story height dining room/multipurpose hall on the lower level. The Great Room is distinguished…

The Brickman Center is a two-story building nestled into the natural grade of the landscape that appears, when approached from the west, to be a single story. The plan is organized in an L shape, with one side abutting the existing building (on the east) and the other side extending out (on the north).

The primary volumes within the building are the campus Great Room on the first level and the two-story height dining room/multipurpose hall on the lower level. The Great Room is distinguished by heavy timber framing whose structural connections (metal tie and sag rods) are exposed in the arts and crafts spirit. A central stone and brick fireplace hearth is flanked by large windows that provide views down into the dining hall located on the lower level of the building.

Here, a second fireplace and wood details provide warmth to the expansive multipurpose space. The upper level also supports office and administrative space for the President and Admissions staff while the lower level provides back-of-house and kitchen equipment to serve the building.

Testimonial

Name Christopher M. Clark, Ph.D.

Title President – Bryn Athyn College

The buildings you built are so solid, so stately. The landscaping so welcoming – it seems as if they date from when the College was founded, in 1877. The beauty of the buildings and the sense of timelessness of the campus environment testify to the untold thousands of hours of labor that you gave in making it so. We can never thank you enough. Your efforts, your sweat, your presence on the job day after day made all the difference. Our new image was fashioned by each of you. Your good work has enhanced our work.

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