Dickinson College - Stuart Hall and James Hall

With a goal of enhancing Dickinson’s tradition of interdisciplinary study and collaboration, ZGF designed a new 90,000 SF science facility called Stuart Hall and James Hall. The project, completed in 2008, includes interactive learning and research spaces for biochemistry and molecular biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, psychology and neuroscience. The facility extends in a two-wing—or finger—configuration, with each finger connected by a shared spine that is the social heart of the building. A future phase will add another wing.

The design balances a contemporary look with elements that are responsive to existing campus construction. Sloped roofs and limestone reflect the existing character of the campus, while the use of iridescent stainless-steel shingles and the glass curtain wall treatment convey a fresh, modern design approach. Multiple courtyards have been integrated to facilitate indoor and outdoor teaching and interaction. Texture, color and the playful use of materials at the exterior extend inside the building to humanize and add richness to the interiors. The project has achieved LEED Gold.

VDA provided full consulting services through construction administration for two (2) standard in-ground hydraulic elevators: a passenger elevator provides service between the Ground and 2nd floors, and a service elevator has 4 openings (at the Basement, Ground and 2nd levels, and at the penthouse).

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New Construction


ZGF Architects LLP

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Carlisle, PA

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