Chatham University’s Anderson Hall renovation enhances the student experience by strengthening connections to the natural environment. The extensive renovation of the existing dining hall uses biophilic design principles to create a warm and welcoming social hub for the Chatham campus community. Large windows bring in natural light and create views to the arboretum campus.
Curvilinear forms echo nature with warm and inviting wood elements. “Circadian rhythm” influenced lighting celebrates the natural 24-hour cycle of a day.
In the wake of a great loss for Sharpsburg, neighbors came together to respond to the closing of the community’s beloved thrift store. The former thrift store was not only an essential access point to affordable goods for the community’s residents, but was also a place where locals frequented to meet one another. Concerned community members responded by forming a new organization, purchasing a property, and undertaking a major renovation to transform the existing building into a site that ensured dignity in the second-hand goods retail experience. The pandemic struck but it only deepened the community’s commitment to bringing a welcoming space that served the essential needs of all Sharpsburg’s residents.