Bryn Mawr College, Smart Women Strong Women, Bern Schwartz Gymnasium Transformation

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania


Bryn Mawr College


51,000 sq.ft.

Total Cost


Completion Date


The design for the renovated fitness and athletic center met Bryn Mawr College’s goals of bringing fresh air, natural light and comprehensive ADA accessibility—including exercise equipment and the pool—to an outdated 1983 facility.

A new glass-enclosed, two-story entrance lobby wows visitors with views to the heart of campus and organizes circulation around a dramatic circular stair. Abundant daylight and improved ventilation, combined with extensive interior renovations, refreshed the existing gym.

Improvements to the building core included new locker rooms and support facilities, flexible interior programming for small- and large-group instruction, and upgraded offices, training areas and equipment rooms. The second-floor fitness center includes a "building within a building" multipurpose room.

"Elegant, yet modest expression. The visual connection between the spaces enhances the feeling of openness and freedom. Warmth is brought in through wood ceilings, light accents and indirect light."–2012 jury

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Gold Citation

Featured in

2012 Educational Interiors



Interior category

Physical Education Facilities/Recreation Centers

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