Swarthmore College | Swarthmore, Pennsylvania
Swarthmore College sought creative design solutions for creating accessible routes throughout its bucolic campus and into its historic buildings. VMA developed a comprehensive set of campus standards and a materials palette to facilitate a consistent visual language across campus. Circulation routes were examined, leading to the planning and design of walkways, roads, and plazas to provide accessible routes to and highlight prominent landscape features of the Swarthmore campus, including the iconic Amphitheater. A notable feature of the upgrades included rebuilding the historic, flagstone walkway in front of Parrish Hall, the focal point of the campus, in a manner that could support both wheelchairs and fire trucks, while retaining the texture and character of the original. Sensitively designed accessible entrances to several historic buildings were also designed, advancing the college’s goal to create a campus that was welcoming to all.
Historical Preservation, Planning, Landscape