August 30, 2018
The 16,805-square-foot Commons will be a welcome center for prospective students and their families and a new hub for social activity on campus.
It will also serve as a as a gathering space for alumni and the local community.
Members of the public will be welcome to visit the Commons and make use of its meeting spaces and coffee house as Ursinus opens its doors to even more families through this new welcoming gateway.
“The Commons is a truly exciting project for Ursinus College,” Ursinus President Brock Blomberg says. “Aligning with our strategic plan, it is designed to build upon our standing as a destination campus for students and their families, faculty and staff, and for our friends and neighbors, too. This is a place that will strengthen our connection to the Collegeville community. Anyone will be able to come to the Commons and experience what makes Ursinus so special.”
The Commons represents both new construction and a renovation project. It will incorporate historic Keigwin Hall on Main Street, which will be renovated and integrated into new, adjoining construction. Keigwin Hall will transform into a coffee shop with a multi-level terrace that overlooks Main Street. A two-story addition will house a bookstore on the lower level and an entertainment space on the second floor. An adjacent terrace will look out onto the campus’s front lawn, the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art, and Bomberger Hall.
Adjoining Keigwin on its north side will be a two-story college admissions suite that will also include meeting spaces for college and public use.
Designed by Philadelphia-based architectural firm Bernardon and constructed by Bancroft Construction Company of Wilmington, Del., construction is expected to last approximately one year.