Our Department’s mission is to physically support the College's Strategic Plan with the goal to enable the College to carry out its mission of teaching, research and public service by providing cost-effective and efficient planning, design and construction services and incorporating sustainable initiatives when suitable.
We are pleased to have received recent recognition for design excellence at Lafayette College:
|The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Pennsylvania Chapter awarded a 2013 Citation of Merit to the recently completed Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, PA. Spillman Farmer Architects (SFA) of Bethlehem, PA served as the project’s architect. The Citation of Merit recognizes projects that represent excellence through exceptional details or special design aspects. The Arts Plaza was also awarded a Special Mention in the Architecture + Urban Transformation category in the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards.
|June 11, 2013, Lafayette College announces that the Grossman House Renovation Project has been awarded LEED-CI Gold Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council’s leadership in energy and environment design rating system for construction. Leadership In Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally recognized standard that promotes sustainability in building design, construction and operation. Grossman House achieved LEED-CI Gold certification for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovation in design.
|Grossman House received the 2013 Merit Construction Award of Excellence Best Restoration/Renovation Over $3 Million Project from the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc.
|Lafayette’s arts plaza is one of several architectural projects selected to represent the United States in the prestigious Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, an international exhibition that showcases some of the world’s most creative and innovative examples of performance and theater design. Held every four years in Prague, Czech Republic, the Prague Quadrennial highlights artists and architects who have rejected conventional theater design and found or created alternative performance spaces. Lafayette’s arts plaza creates an open-air theater between two buildings on a concrete slab above the Bushkill Creek.
|The Lehigh Valley Branch of the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) has honored Lafayette with the Green Campus award for its contributions to sustainability and green design. Lafayette began a campus-wide initiative in 2007 to include sustainability in its capital projects and campus operations, as well as making it part of the educational mission of the College through coursework, research projects, student organizations, and community outreach.
|Chamber of Commerce
|2012 Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce Commercial Real Estate Development Award for the College’s Arts Plaza located on North Third Street. The Arts Plaza at Lafayette College is a raw, open-air space for the arts. This distinctive space was envisioned as an outdoor black box that can host a wide array of planned and spontaneous artistic endeavors, including performance art, visual art exhibits, and small-group musical performances. The structure actually transforms an abandoned auto repair facility into a dynamic outdoor teaching space that responds to the built and natural environment of which it is part.