College Row Stands Out in Competition

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Calling it the “cornerstone” of future growth for the College, American School and University magazine lauded Campus Crossings-College Row as “a luxurious and comfortable home away from home” for Franklin & Marshall students.

The magazine recognized Campus Crossings-College Row for outstanding design in its annual Educational Interiors Showcase competition. Only a handful of institutions are singled out each year for this honor.

“College Row is a significant component of the growing F&M campus,” said David Manfredi, of Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston, which designed the buildings.

“Its shops, restaurants and apartments create a vibrant addition to campus. It has transformed the character of Harrisburg Avenue and has begun to knit both sides of the street into the fabric of the campus,” Manfredi said.

Completed in August 2007, the 218,582-square-foot buildings cost $28 million. Campus Crossings comprises two buildings along Harrisburg Avenue.

The prize, awarded by a jury of education and architectural professionals from across the country, recognizes schools, colleges and universities for achievement in design based on the project’s environmental sustainability, character, technological innovation and balance.

Miles H. Orth, chief operating officer of Campus Apartments Inc. of Philadelphia, the property owner, said he and his company are proud of Campus Crossings-College Row and their relationship with Franklin & Marshall.

We’re very proud of this award,” he said. “It’s the result of a strong relationship between our company and the phenomenal leadership from an innovative campus and President John Fry.

“We wanted to create a commercial main street that helped capitalize upon the site’s strategic location connecting the College to downtown Lancaster. As well, we hoped to create a new ëfront door’ to the academic campus,” Orth said.

The magazine noted that the design gives a nod to Lancaster’s industrial past while “offering luxury amenities and the latest communication technologies to provide security and convenience for the modern student’s lifestyle.”

That is exactly what Manfredi had hoped to accomplish when designing the buildings, he said. “We tried to capture the feel of the industrial buildings that predated these buildings on the site.

“That resulted in an architecture that reinforces the character and scale of the campus but also relates to the predominant typology of other mercantile buildings in Lancaster. College Row fits the context of both the campus and the City,” Manfredi said.

Above the commercial shops, Campus Crossings-College Row offers one-, two- and four-bedroom student apartments, all designed with the latest safety and communications technologies.

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