• Client:Lafayette College
  • Location:Easton, PA
  • Architect:RTKL Associates
  • Contract Value::$14,568,000

Oechsle Hall and Pfenning Alumni Center

Many challenges were involved in the renovation of a former turn-of-the-century architecturally historic athletic building into a state-of-the-art science facility and the construction of the new Alumni Center. These issues included a restricted budget, program resolution, major structural modification issues, and complex laboratories. The overall project involved: (1) renovation of an existing ±60,000 SF athletic building into a new Psychology/Neuro sciences facility, and (2) construction of a new ±20,000 SF Alumni Center which was attached to the Psychology/ Neurosciences building. The renovation of the existing building included extensive structural work, a complete rebuild of all systems, new laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls, etc.

Key Highlights:

Removed existing indoor pool structure and structure above two floors, shoring and supporting the existing structure while new support structure was built

Constructed two additional floor levels within the existing gymnasium to provide for new offices

Shear walls from the basement to the underside of the new third floor elevation to support the new levels

toration, matching and cleaning of the existing exterior granite

New MEP systems throughout required coordination with existing structures

Restoration and reuse of existing historic Tiffany doors

Project Duration: 25 Months

Contract Type: Construction Management/Guaranteed Maximum Price

Architect: RTKL Associates

Our Sector Knowledge


Irwin & Leighton has over 100 years of experience in the Educational sector managing projects on all areas of an academic campus.