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Chestnut Hill College dedicates Jack and Rosemary Murphy Gulati complex

Casaccio Yu Architects designed the 11,300-sf fitness and social complex.

June 08, 2012 |
The $3.4 million Gulati Complex includes a 5,000-sf fitness center.

Chestnut Hill College recently dedicated its new fitness and social complex to donors Jack and Rosemary Murphy Gulati ’61. The $3.4 million Gulati Complex includes a 5,000-sf fitness center, adjacent McCaffery Lounge café and social gathering space, plus an outdoor entrance pavilion and plaza.

Casaccio Yu Architects of Havertown, Pa., designed the multi-phased project. The fitness center opened for student use during the fall semester; McCaffery Lounge welcomed its first guests during the winter. Both incorporate visual cues to the heritage, core values, and history of the Sisters of Saint Joseph and Chestnut Hill College.

McCaffery Lounge curves around a new stone fireplace, with bold color and graphics used to literally express the school’s core beliefs around a ceiling frieze. “Circle The City With Love” in multiple languages rings the room, celebrating the ministry of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. Three seating areas create flexibility for large groups or intimate gatherings.

A new entry pavilion and exterior plaza link the Gulati Complex with nearby buildings, extending the piazza of the Logue Library and serving as a welcoming center of campus for prospective students. +

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