La Salle University, near Philadelphia, had an increasing student enrollment resulting from the expansion and growth of its programs during the past 20 years. Expansion and modernization of their science and technology programs would allow the University to remain competitive in these areas.
As a first step in this process, Holroyd Hall, the current building dedicated to the science departments, was completely renovated, updated and expanded with an 80,000-sf addition with a new laboratory and classroom space, and now includes the Hugh and Nancy Devlin Center for Science and Technology.
The University’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences was undergoing a similar transition. It was moved into new space that was part of the former Germantown Hospital complex. This complex is adjacent to the main University campus with Wister Street separating the two. The existing building also needed extensive renovations to provide a home for the nursing and health sciences programs, and for the science programs while Holroyd Hall was under construction.
Existing area topography and grades have Wister Street at a lower elevation than the hospital and campus. This presented a difficulty since the University’s main passage, McHale Walkway, needed an extension across Wister Street to access the former hospital building. This resulted in a busy pedestrian crossing of the roadway with less-than-ideal sight distance and traffic conditions. A 141-ft. x 11-ft. Gateway®-style, Continental® pedestrian truss bridge from Contech was determined to be the most effective solution because it allowed for direct entrance from the main campus and McHale Walkway into the former hospital building.