Editor’s note: This article was initially published in The Daily Gazette, Swarthmore’s online, daily newspaper founded in Fall 1996. As of Fall 2018, the DG has merged with The Phoenix. See the about page to read more about the DG.
The Daily Gazette caught up with Mike Boyd, Swarthmore College Project Manager for David Kemp Hall. Construction continues on schedule, with much of the building already in place.
Boyd began working with the college seventeen years ago as part of an outside contractor for the construction of LPAC. As Project Manager he works closely with Coordinator of Horticulture Jeff Jabco and Housing Coordinator Liz Derickson. Boyd spoke highly of the general contractor working with college employees on the construction.
Over a tour of the site, Boyd pointed out Kemp Hall’s best features. Student input, especially residents of Alice Paul, has been a major part of the plans: the nearly complete elevator shaft is closer to the main entrance; the wide hallways and grand staircase of New Dorm were replicated; and the keys of the two dorms will interface. Additional highlights include large lounge spaces with wide windows. Kemp Hall will also not have any basement housing, only storage space. The first floor also boasts a fully ADA compliant assisted living suite.
When asked about delays, Boyd assured the Gazette that everything was on schedule. “The exterior should be complete by November… Even if the windows are delayed… [or] we need to build a temporary roof, the construction should be done by May.” At that point the dorm will be open for inspection by the architect, with furniture and finishing touches to follow. Some problems were encountered in laying the third floor deck, but the signature stonework is ahead of schedule. Boyd partly thanks the use of FRACO, a hydraulic replacement of traditional scaffolding.
Kemp Hall, whatever you decide to call it, promises to be a cushy new dorm upon completion. Stay tuned as the Daily Gazette keeps you updated on its progress.