Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects has been commissioned to design renovations and additions to adaptively reuse Stewart Hall, the original 1894 gymnasium structure on the campus of Shippensburg University.

The existing Stewart Hall historic gymnasium space with suspended “banked” running track will be converted to an event space and possibly the new home of the Department of Alumni Affairs.

The project budget is $3.9 million and the finished building will be 15,146 total square feet (original footage of 13,284, plus a proposed three-story addition of 1,862 square feet). Murphy & Dittenhafer is currently completing a preliminary concept design/feasibility study, and will begin to move forward with developing construction documents sometime in 2015.

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Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects is an award-winning architectural firm that focuses on planning, interior, and architectural design projects involving new construction, renovation, restoration, and adaptive reuse for historic properties, churches, urban housing, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and libraries. The firm’s offices are located in York, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. Visit their website at