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Goin' to Town

Although a traffic circle plays a key role, the newest College presence in The Ville will be anything but roundabout. The Town Center West building is a 40-room inn at the southern edge of campus by the train station. The inn’s construction began in December and will feature an expanded and reimagined campus bookstore and a full-service restaurant. 

“The Campus and Community Bookstore won’t just be for students but a place for folks getting off the train who want to pick something up on their way home,” says Vice President for Finance and Administration Greg Brown. “It has been very exciting coming up with ideas about how to engage the broader community, since it will be a direct link to the rest of the borough.”

The South Chester Road facility slated for completion by Commencement 2016, will also house a large space for academic conferences or other sizable meetings and will be easily accessed by the new roundabout being built at the intersection of Chester Road and Rutgers Avenue. 


Board commits millions to sustainable construction

At its December meeting, the Board of Managers approved a $12 million allocation to make the new biology, engineering, psychology (BEP) building a model for environmentally intelligent construction practices.

The revised building plan will take the BEP from the previously planned LEED silver equivalent standard to the equivalent of LEED platinum with maximum energy savings and the highest standard of sustainable construction ever achieved at Swarthmore.

The BEP will offer a living laboratory to educate future leaders in issues such as energy efficiency, water quality and pollution control, green construction, and climate change. Construction is expected to begin in summer 2016 on the current site of Papazian Hall.