Widener University, Freedom Hall

Chester, Pennsylvania


Widener University


33,500 sq.ft.

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Located on the northwest corner of the campus quadrangle, Freedom Hall acts as a portal or gateway to the campus and defines the north edge of the quad. Its placement provides a framed view of the university’s official symbol, the historic building Old Main, upon arrival from the campus’ main parking lot. Its exterior skin is modest and comprised of materials reminiscent of other adjacent buildings on campus, utilizing a combination of limestone and fieldstone with gabled roof forms.


The building’s interior provides spaces that force interaction, bringing together staff and students for collaboration. On each floor and within each program group there are common, open spaces of varying shapes and volumes connecting multiple floors. Students thrive in the environment as the nodes create opportunities for impromptu meetings. These will act as community places critical to supporting true experiential learning.


The 33,500-square-foot, three-story facility incorporates highly sustainable building systems and materials and is pending LEED Silver certification. These systems reveal themselves, enabling the users to recognize their value, thus informing dialogue, activity and potentially even the curriculum.

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Ceramic Tile by Dal-Tile
Door Hardware by McKinney
Door Hardware by Norton Door Controls
Door Hardware by Rockwood
Insulation by Johns Manville
Emergency Lighting by Kenall Lighting
Auditorium/Assembly Furniture by Krueger
HVAC Units by Sterling
HVAC Control Devices by Alerton
Walls/Wall Materials by YKK
Ceilings by USG
Door Hardware by Sargent
Doors by Eggers
Doors by Cornell Iron Works
Elevators by ThyssenKrupp Access
Plumbing by Zurn
Roofing by GAF Materials
Roofing by Carlisle SynTec
Windows by Jeld-Wen
Washroom/Shower Partitions by Scranton Products
HVAC Units by Sanyo Commercial Solutions
Signage by iSign
Carpet by Mohawk Commercial Carpet
Flooring by Armstrong World Industries
Flooring by Roman Mosaic & Tile
Brick/Masonry by Indiana Limestone
Door Hardware by Best Access Systems
Door Hardware by Pemko
Insulation by Owens Corning
Paint/Wallcoverings by Sherwin-Williams
Plumbing by Gerber Plumbing Fixtures
Plumbing by Sloan Valve
Plumbing by Delta Faucet
Lighting & Accessories by Columbia Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Zumtobel Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Kenall Lighting
Lighting & Accessories by Finelite
Lighting & Accessories by Beta-Calco
Drinking Fountains by Halsey Taylor
Hand-Drying Equipment by Excel Dryer
Washroom Accessories by Bobrick
Washroom Fixtures by Sloan Valve
Whiteboards / Markerboards / Chalkboards by Claridge
Wire Management by Panduit
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