becht hall, clarion university : clarion, pa

setting the stage for student success

Client: Clarion University

The renovation of Becht Hall creates a long-desired central location for a broad range of Student Service and Student Life functions in a turn-of-the-century building in the heart of Clarion University’s campus. The new program includes a “One-Stop” service center, a “Student Success” learning and retention center, facilities for graduate and international students and a student health center.

PWWG led a programming process to understand and synthesize future occupancies. We met with 15 department representatives and toured over a dozen sites on the Clarion campus which housed the functions that the client wished to consolidate in Becht Hall. PWWG worked closely with stakeholders and users to learn their day-to-day operations and develop a new facility that will respond to their visions, within the boundaries and character of the historic building. PWWG utilized Revit BIM software to fully model the existing building and the proposed alterations.


53,000 sf

Construction Cost

$ 14.6 million

Firm Responsibility

Architectural Design
Furniture and Office
Systems Layout
Contract Documents
Contract Administration


Public Bid, Mult. Prime

Completion Date

September 2015

LEED Rating

Projected LEED Silver


Master Builders Assoc. of Western PA, Winner, Renovation Construction Under 10M, 2015

Ironworker Employers Association (IWEA) Safety Commendation


Landscape Design

Quad 3 Group, Inc.

MEP Engineering

Quad 3 Group, Inc.

Structural Engineering

Hope Furrer Associates, Inc.

Civil Engineering

Quad 3 Group, Inc.

Project Management

Thomas & Williamson Program Management

Cost Estimating

Crawford Consulting Services

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