Rathburn Hall wins design award
GROVE CITY, Pa. – Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., an institutional and residential firm based in West Chester, Pa., has won an the 2014 Palladio Award in the category of New Design and Construction for its design of Rathburn Hall on the campus of Grove City College.
“It is always gratifying to learn our firm has won such an esteemed national award; it is a team effort and it always takes a client with high expectations for quality and a long range vision for the institution,” Daniel Russoniello principal of Archer & Buchanan said. “Grove City is that kind of client.”
The 16,500-square-foot building of sandstone and limestone serves as a central facility for spiritual life on campus, containing a large fellowship hall, board room, seminar rooms and administrative offices for the Dean of the Chapel and the 23 student-run ministries. Designed to complement the collegiate gothic style of campus buildings, the two-story facility allows the College to expand institutional outreach, spiritual fellowship and to host conferences forums and summer retreats. Adjacent to Harbison Chapel, Rathburn Hall compliments the chapel architecture and is constructed of Briar Hill Sandstone (from the same quarry that supplied stone for Harbison Chapel, Crawford Hall, Buhl Library and the Rainbow Bridge.
At $7 million, Rathburn Hall was a campaign priority of Grove City Matters: A Campaign to Advance Grove City College. In the spring of 2010, the Rathburn family announced a $3 million gift towards the project and the Board of Trustees voted in the 2011 to name the building Rathburn Hall, in honor of David Rathburn ’79, his wife Jayne and their family. Rathburn currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the College and is CEO of US Joiner LCC.