University Freedom Halls|
Spiezle Architectural Group, Inc.
321 W. State Street, Media, PA 19063
Date Bid: Jan 2012 Construction Period: July 2012 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 36,700 Site: 1 acre.
Number of Buildings: One, 9 classrooms, 80 seat auditorium.
Building Sizes: First floor, 10,500; second floor, 11,500; each
additional floor, 11,500; penthouse 3,200; total 36,700 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; each
additional floor, 14’; penthouse, 10’; total, 60’.
Basic Construction Type: New. Foundation: Cast-in-place,
Exterior Walls: Curtain wall, limestone. Roof: Asphalt
shingles, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls:
CMU, metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage KBTU/SF/yr: 2066.23 MMBTU/yr.
Structural Engineer: Harrison Hamnett, P.C. - 40 Knowles Street,
Pennington, NJ 08534
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Vanderweil Engineers LLP - 718
Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106
General Contractor: HSC Builders & Construction Managers - 304
New Mill Lane, Exton, PA 19341
Located on the northwest corner of the campus' quadrangle, Freedom Hall
will act 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
Iconic symbol, the historic building Old Main, upon arrival from the
campus' main parking lot. Its exterior skin is comprised of materials
reminiscent of other adjacent buildings on campus, utilizing a
combination of limestone and fieldstone with gabled roof forms.
Widener University's mission is to produce citizens who demonstrate
professional and civic leadership through academic teaching,
experiential learning, and civic engagement. To further support the
goals of the school, the University has invested in a state-of-the-art
environment that supports collaboration.
The building's interior provides spaces that encourage interaction,
bringing together staff and students with differing backgrounds for
collaboration. On each floor and within each program group there are
common, open spaces of varying shapes and volumes connecting multiple
floors. The departments housed in this facility are engaged in the study
of complex systems. These systems are rarely linear and may often appear
randomly organized. Students of these systems will thrive in an
environment that creates opportunities for impromptu meetings. These
will act as community spaces critical to supporting true experiential
Freedom Hall houses the various divisions of the University's
Communications Department. The program for the building includes a
Television Studio and Control Room, Viewing Theater, Editing Rooms,
Observation Suite, Classrooms, Computer Labs, Offices, and Study Spaces.
The TV/Broadcasting studio has been placed closest to both daily and
ceremonial activities on the Quadrangle.
The facility incorporates highly sustainable building systems and
materials. Those systems reveal themselves, enabling the users to
recognize their value, thus informing dialogue, activity and potentially
even the curriculum.
The 30,000-square-foot, three-story building was constructed according
to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver standards
and has achived certification. Freedom Hall has energy-saving and
sustainable features that result in it using 30 percent less water and
operating 18-20 percent more efficient in terms of energy usage than
code requires. In addition, 30 percent of the building's materials came
from recycled items and 30 percent came from within the region to reduce
the carbon footprint created by transportation.
"Freedom Hall will allow us to change the world one step at a time,"
stated one senior communication studies major who spoke at the
building's dedication ceremony. The student noted how Widener students
are already working with community organizations to assist with
marketing and communication needs through service-learning courses and
senior projects. She stated that the technology in Freedom Hall will
help them to better support these community partners with higher-quality
products. "That's what Freedom Hall is all about," she said. "It's a
place that allies our moral sense to the power of communications."
Building Envelope: Indiana Limestone
Roofing: GAF, Carlisle EPDM Windows: Jeldwen
Entrances & Storefronts, Curtain Wall: YKK AP® Interior:
Flooring: Armstrong, Roman Mosaic, Mohawk, Daltile
Lighting: Columbia, Zumtobel, Kenall, Finelite, Beta-Calco