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Warren Wilson College

Projects Warren Wilson College

Location: Swannanoa, NC / Type: New Construction

Pedestrian Bridge at Warren Wilson College

As a joint project of Warren Wilson College and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the bridge provides pedestrians and bicyclists a safe way to cross the busy and winding state highway that bisects the campus. The oxidized steel structure, stone foundations, and mission style lanterns blend with the rustic surroundings of the campus and give the bridge a sense of permanence and history.

Pedestrian Bridge WWC

Ballfield Dorms at Warren Wilson College

This series of four dormitories, totaling 144 beds, were part of a master plan to transform old ball fields into a new student housing center. The buildings are oriented around a common lawn with each dorm incorporating shared living and cooking spaces to reinforce a sense of community. The LEED Platinum EcoDorm was the last of the Ballfield Dorms built and has become a central gathering place for the students.

Dorms at Warren Wilson College

Sunderland Hall at Warren Wilson College

The Sunderland Hall renovation illustrates how Samsel Architects successfully transformed an aging structure through improved space planning, modernization of systems, and façade improvement. Thoughtful integration of modern systems and equipment were key challenges of the project. A new entrance facade was created to both improve functional use as well as create a sense of place and identity. A large terrace was added at the building’s improved entrance, providing a multi-functional outdoor gathering space. The timelessness of the design solution has proven successful since its completion.

Sunderland Hall WWC