When steam pipes burst in late 2010, damaging John Stewart Memorial Library and causing various programs housed there to be relocated, Wilson College turned misfortune into an opportunity to transform the 30,000 square foot library into a vibrant, modern 21st century learning and research environment that promotes group and individual study, social engagement and optimum storage of digital, print and archived collections.
The original library was built in 1923 with an annex added in 1961. The historic portion of the building underwent a complete exterior and interior renovation, including new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, light fixtures, and other measures to improve energy efficiency and accessibility. A new addition replaced the demolished annex, and the two structures are seamlessly joined.
The new Lenfest Learning Commons was designed to LEED Gold criteria. Sustainable elements included locally quarried limestone, a high-performance exterior wall insulation system, and multi-zoned lighting and HVAC systems. Learn more