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January 11, 2021
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Kimmel Bogrette Architecture Awarded Student Success Commons & Library Renovation Project at Albright College

By Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site

Kimmel Bogrette Architecture + Site is thrilled to announce its selection by Albright College as architect and project partner for the design of the college’s Student Success Commons and Library. 

Located on 118 acres in the City of Reading, Pa., Albright College is a highly respected, four year private institution, founded in 1856. One of the most diverse colleges in the state, Albright’s flexible curriculum encourages students to combine and cross majors to create individualized academic programs. Close faculty mentorship and numerous experiential learning options create opportunities for Albright graduates to exceed their own expectations. 

As co-chairs of the college’s library vision team, President Jacquelyn S. Fetrow, Ph.D. ’82, and Karen A. Campbell, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs told the college community that they chose Kimmel Bogrette for its deep experience within the higher education landscape. 

“Having provided extraordinary design solutions and working creatively within reasonable budgets for clients like Albright College for almost 25 years, Kimmel Bogrette’s experience in higher education is unmatched,” said Fetrow. “Endorsed by the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, Kimmel Bogrette presented a deep understanding of our needs as an institution, how this project must align with our core values, and the importance of sustainability. 

“Kimmel Bogrette will serve as a partner in transforming the current building into what will become Albright’s Student Success Commons and Library, a space that will serve as a hub of curiosity, connection and resilience, where our students will learn to thrive.” 

Kimmel Bogrette’s reputation for providing “Extraordinary Solutions for Ordinary Budgets” was earned by investing in clients’ success in meeting and exceeding project goals, all while aligning the mission of the projects with institutional missions. As President Fetrow mentioned, the design of this important project aligns with Albright College’s Mission: as a diverse community of learners, cultivating integrity, curiosity, connection and resilience; and with its Vision of endeavoring to be an equitable, sustainable, inclusive learning community and a leader in advancing lives in our dynamic world. 

This exciting project will re-imagine a 50,000 sf. traditional 1960’s library building into a student destination that will serve as a hub of learning, collaboration and gathering, impacting student success while enhancing community partnerships. The public facility will include a learning commons, student success services, a writing lab, offices and multi-purpose spaces for meetings and events. A highly anticipated History and Cultural Center within the building will be home to the college’s growing archival repository that includes the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum collection, the Lakin Holocaust Resource Center, Albright Archives and the Nolan Local History collection. 

Martin Kimmel, President of Kimmel Bogrette; “Thanks to Brad King for leading a transparent and detailed RFP process and a special thank you to President Fetrow, Provost Campbell, the selection committee and the entire Albright College Community for this important opportunity. We look forward to collaborating with them in providing innovative architecture, engineering, construction documentation and administration services, including assisting the college in its search for the best construction partner, once a final design concept has been completed.”

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