Rector Science Complex Stuart Hall and James Hall, Dickinson College
Manager & General Contractor
Reynolds Construction Management
3300 North Third Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP
1800 K Street, N.W., #200, Washington, DC 20006
Date Bid: Apr 2006 Construction Period: July 2006 to May
Total Square Feet: 87,195 Site: 2.88 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 3 classrooms
with seating capacity for 30; auditorium seating 80.
Building Size: Basement, 13,613; first floor, 32,175; second
floor, 26,454; third floor, 14,953; total, 87,195 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 15’; first floor, 15’3”; second floor,
15’; floor to floor, 12’;
penthouse, 21’4”; total, 66’7”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Steel Frame.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: CMU, stone, metal
Roof: Metal, membrane, vegetated. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or Modeled Energy Usuage KBTU/SF/yr: 215.6.
Structural Engineer: LeMessurier Consultants - 675 Massachusetts
Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139
MEP Engineer: BR+A Consulting Engineers, LLC - 311 Arsenal
Street, Watertown, MA 02472
Dickinson College is a 90-acre, private liberal arts college in
Carlisle, Pennsylvania. In 1773, it became the first chartered college
of the United States. Dickinson College is known for its
interdisciplinary program of studies and its commitment to environmental
Completed in 2008, the new Stuart Hall and James Hall addition of the
Rector Science Complex is comprised of 90,000 square feet of high-tech
laboratories, classrooms, and research facilities for the chemistry,
biology and psychology departments. This new addition, which extends in
a two-wing configuration, is seamlessly attached to the existing Tome
Hall at two locations creating an interior courtyard area that is
flanked on the new building side by a two-story atrium, or spine, that
serves as the social hub of the complex.
Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architects LLP served as the project's designer.
Sloped roofs and limestone exterior walls were balanced with iridescent,
metal shingles and a glass curtain wall - blending the traditional-style
of the campus buildings with the bolder look of modern architecture.
Amidst the interior spaces are common areas, courtyards, chalkboard-clad
walls and alcoves that are used for social gathering and interactive
learning. An environmental concern that impacted the original design was
a large linden tree and a specimen horse chestnut tree on the proposed
site. To spare the trees, the Stuart Hall design was shifted westward.
Reynolds Construction Management, Inc. was hired by Dickinson College to
serve as the project's construction manager. Reynolds performed
construction management services during the pre-construction, bidding,
and construction phases of the project. During the construction phase,
Reynolds managed the work, which included recycling 75% of the
construction waste, for the 17 prime contractors.
The building's skeleton is comprised of poured concrete foundations with
a steel composite superstructure and concrete slabs on deck. Some
exterior features of the building, besides the limestone and metal panel
facade, include a fluid applied vapor barrier, zinc-coated copper
standing seam, vegetated and white thermoplastic roofs, and an
architecturally appealing sunscreen system fabricated using high percent
recycled content aluminum by Industrial Louvers, Inc. Carlisle SynTec,
located in Carlisle, Penn., donated the vegetated roof. The surrounding
landscape was restored with native plants that are watered via a storm
water retention pond/bioswale. There is also preferred parking for
Some interior features of the building include scored and integrally
colored concrete floors, perforated, wood paneled ceilings, a passenger
elevator with a hanging pit, and wall panels for informational postings.
To reduce water consumption, waterless urinals and electric eye sensors
on faucets and lavatories were installed. For the LEED®
Energy Recovery credit, four enthalpy heat recovery wheels and one
plate-to-plate heat exchanger were installed to provide proper
ventilation and clean air throughout the building.
The new Stuart Hall and James Hall addition to the Rector Science
Complex has achieved LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green
There is a capstone phase for the Rector Science Complex that is
currently in the planning stage. It consists of a third wing or hall
that will provide 70,000 square feet of teaching labs and research
Carlisle SynTec Roofing