A New Life for Lehigh University's Williams Hall

A Lehigh University landmark since 1903, Williams Hall is gaining new life under the design of the New York City office of Beyer Blinder Belle Architects & Planners, LLP.

Vacant since 2010 when the departments it housed moved to the Gold LEED certified STEPS Building, for which Barry Isett & Associates was the site/civil engineer, Williams Hall has been reimagined as a one-stop-shop for student services as well as renovated academic space. Construction is now underway on the 63,000 SF, four-story building which will become the home of the offices of the Dean of Students and Student Affairs as well as the departments of Modern Language & Literature, Religion Studies, and Sociology & Anthropology.

Isett is the site/civil engineer in the conversion of the building. Exterior features include a new Global Plaza adjacent to the existing greenhouse, the revision of the sidewalk into a terrace, and a new entry way to the building. Paul Schmoll, PE, LEED AP, is the civil project manager.

Construction on the 23.5 million dollar project managed by the Philadelphia office of Torcon is expected to be completed in 2015.

Other noteworthy Isett projects on the Lehigh University campus include the site/civil, traffic and structuralengineering design of the Alumni Memorial Parking Pavilion and site/civil and structural engineering design of the Campus Square complex.