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A 24/7 Creative Hub Now Open to College Students

The adaptive reuse of the Ryan Gym at Haverford College preserves and re-purposes elements of the historic building which now houses a new Visual Culture, Arts, and Media (VCAM) facility – a 24/7 creative hub for students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.

Nave Newell worked with MSR Architects and the College to improve pedestrian access connecting the 117-year-old building with the campus and to effectively manage stormwater through green infrastructure. Features designed by Nave Newell included:

Improved Accessibility – ADA

Improved overall pedestrian access in front of the building


Addition of an ADA compliant ramp

Stormwater Management – Green Infrastructure

  • Managed stormwater with a rain garden
  • Secured a grading permit from Haverford Township

Among the project criteria are targeted LEED Gold certification; adaptability to the existing building footprint; hub-centric floor plan; physical and contextual connections with the campus as a whole; and a timeless design which supports VCAM’s program now and in the future with dynamic spaces that inspire visual literacy in students and faculty alike. Check out more visuals including a time lapse construction video on Haverford’s website.

Nave Newell has been working various improvement projects on the Haverford College’s campus since 2014 included:

  • Topographic survey of the campus and continued survey updates
  • Pond dredging
  • Relocation and reconstruction of 300′ of trail
  • Resurfacing of Walton soccer field
  • Athletic venue improvements including the resurfacing of the running track and relocation of field events
  • New greenhouse
  • College Avenue sidewalk extension
  • Softball field improvements

Contact Tim Brennan, PE at tbrennan@navenewell.net or 610.265.8323 to discuss your campus needs.