The Visual Culture, Arts and Media (VCAM) project at Haverford College will renovate and adaptively reuse the Old Gym (aka Ryan Gym) to create a flexible learning environment, with aesthetic and maker venues for students, faculty and the public.
Anchored by the Hurford Center for the Arts & Humanities, which will administer its facilities, VCAM will provide classrooms, labs, offices and presentation spaces which will encourage trans-disciplinary creativity in digital media, film, exhibitions, 3D fabrication and material culture. It will also feature a 144-seat multimedia screening and performance room.
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.
In addition to serving as MEP engineer for the design project, BBA also teamed with MSR Design on the pre-design report engagement.