Harcum College

Harcum College

Client Goal: Vibrant space that creates a sense of community

Harcum College | Bryn Mawr, PA

Harcum College is a private, nonprofit, two-year residential college. The school offers associate's degrees in arts and sciences, with a focus on allied health sciences, business and design.

The existing Student Success Center (SSC) was sparse and underused. Harcum's goal when redesigning the SSC was to make the space welcoming and inspiring. Harcum worked very closely with Herman Miller and Premier to test new design approaches and application. There was a "Learning Spaces Casting Workshop" that took place and involved members of all parties involved. This workshop included 16 members of Harcum's faculty, staff and student body. The purpose of the workshop was to gather valuable information that will help push the envelope and test new design approaches and applications. This information was used to redesign the learning space to better suit the needs of faculty, staff and students. Premier and Herman Miller were able to create a dynamic, innovative space that improves the experience for all who enter the SSC.

The redesigned SSC offers a variety of settings and furniture to support a variety of activities. Pops of colors along with material and textural variation create a vibrant space. Students can comfortably study, socialize or relax in different groupings of lounge seating. The furniture offers postural variation and choice, from standing-height surfaces with stools to seated-height tables and soft seating. Clusters of tables and chairs can be separated by mobile marker boards to divide space, add a level of visual privacy and provide writable surfaces. The new SSC truly is a place that draws students in and makes them feel like a part of a community. Everyone in the space - staff and students - are inspired to do great things.

Our experience with Premier Office Solutions has been exceptional. Harcum College selected Premier Office Solutions to collaborate with on our library renovation. Our resource at Premier, Heather Ann, eased our concerns about the renovating process by managing and coordinating the details of the project from start to finish. Heather Ann and Premier performed as true partners in the furniture selection process. Their team of experienced installers and project managers delivered on time and on point. They have exceeded our expectations and proved their top position in the furniture industry. We value and look forward to a long term working relationship.

Heidi Techner, IDEC, ASID, Harcum College
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