Haverford School Sensitive Design

Lower Merion Township, PA

AwardThe new Upper School building and Wilson Hall renovation were the final phase of the 2000-2010 Haverford School Campus Master Plan. All building renovations and expansions were accomplished using innovative green building practices. This environmentally friendly building has become a living educational laboratory for students to learn about green technologies and promote environmental responsibility. A building monitoring system is used in the science curriculum to teach resource conservation management and sustainable practices. 

Wilson Hall (c.1903), a traditional stone building designed by Furness and Evans, was extensively remodeled. A new modern 87,000 sf, 4-story building connects to Wilson Hall by a large glass atrium that successfully blends the old and new buildings. The new brick, steel, and glass building contains state-of-the-art classrooms. New outdoor spaces were designed around the building to integrate this new facility with the existing 26-acre campus. These amenities included extensive landscaping as well as the redesigned parking lot, a lush rain garden, building entry plazas with seating, and an amphitheater designed to blend with the gently sloping hillside.

With Momenee’s expertise in sustainable stormwater management, our team assisted our clients with sustainable design features including water conservation achieved by collecting and storing rainwater for non-potable use in the building. Stormwater runoff is collected and infiltrated in an attractively landscaped rain garden located adjacent to the building. The rain garden is also an educational amenity.

The Upper School demonstrates how a new state-of-the-art facility can be successfully blended with a historic building while incorporating environmentally sustainable design practices. It reflects a true commitment to sustainability, education of future community leaders, and stewardship for the earth’s resources and is a valuable asset for current and future students.