In need of a new campus to serve the southern region of Bucks County, Pa., college trustees formed a partnership with a regional financial institution to purchase and develop an 18-acre tract of land adjacent to a nature preserve.
The challenge was to orient two 60,000-square-foot buildings to take advantage of the nature area to the north and create a college CAPACITY822COST PER SQ FT$261.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio shielded from an active commercial zone to the south and west.
One of the two buildings has been completed to date. Both schemes feature sustainable strategies, such as proper orientation. Exterior elements shield harsh southern light and invite northern light via glazed walls that also provide views to the natural setting.
The completed building is organized around a meandering street-type spine. At the heart of the layout is a large central commons that features inviting furniture and a fireplace.
State-of-the-art classrooms, large-group rooms, labs, offices, and indoor and outdoor nontraditional collaborative learning spaces characterize this facility that offers functionality and amenities typical of a four-year institution.