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Smart Women, Strong Women

Bryn Mawr College | Bryn Mawr, PA
Project Details

BKP’s design for the renovated fitness and athletic center met Bryn Mawr College’s goals of adding fresh air, natural light, and comprehensive ADA accessibility – even to exercise equipment and the pool – to an outdated facility. The Smart Women, Strong Women concept took inspiration from students. 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 Bern Schwartz Gymnasium. Improvements to the building core included new locker rooms and support facilities, flexible interior programming, and upgraded offices, training areas, and equipment rooms. The second-floor fitness center includes a “building within a building” multi-purpose room.

Media Coverage

American School & University: Educational Interiors Showcase

  • Client

    Bryn Mawr College

  • Cost

    $7.5 million

  • Size

    51,000 square feet

  • Honor

    2012 American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase Gold Citation

Images © Jeffrey Totaro

“You can’t imagine the amount of excitement and energy we have seen regarding the renovations. There is enormous happiness with the results of the project. Many people – faculty, students, and staff – all raved about the design.”