Creating Innovative and Informed Architecture in Higher Education Renovation

Creating Innovative and Informed Architecture in Higher Education Renovation

IKM shares expertise in renovating old campus structures for new uses.

Speaking at the annual member meeting for the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania, IKM principal architects John Schrott, AIA, and Michael McDonnell, AIA presented a case study of the adaptive reuse and addition to Carnegie Hall Alumni Center at Grove City College.


“Our mission is to provide innovative and informed architecture that positively impacts the world,” said Michael McDonnell, AIA, principal in charge of the higher education market for IKM Architects.

“By sharing our expertise with the higher education community, we believe that each person in attendance might take away at least one piece of information that will help them in their next project. Or, if they have a question, they know they can call us for advice,” said McDonnell.

The presentation entitled, “Transforming Assets to Support Your Mission,” focused on the challenges of renovating historic campus structures for new uses. Tom Gregg, Vice President of Operations for Grove City College also participated providing the owner’s perspective to the challenges of making an old building new again.

An audience of vice presidents and directors from colleges and universities around the state participated in the breakout session that focused on the significance of historic buildings; the typical challenges and the design opportunities that they present; understanding the peaks and valleys of transformation; and, exploring the outcomes specific to the Grove City project.