Construction began this spring - two months ahead of schedule - on a series of renovations and additions to Shippensburg University’s historic Martin House, designed by Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Murphy & Dittenhafer expects completion of this $860,000 project by the end of October 2015.

Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania commissioned Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects to address deferred maintenance needs of Martin House - the President’s residence - with renovations and an addition that will update the campus facility to meet current university needs and accommodate increased attendance at events on-site.

The aging residence, built in 1907-08, needed mechanical, electrical, and other systemic improvements and updates to the kitchen, dining, and food service areas to better accommodate public events. The existing building, comprised of three floors and a basement, is just over 9,000 square feet. New additions will add another 900 square feet, including an enlarged sunroom, a caterer’s pantry, and rear entry area connecting to the existing garage.

Since the residence is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, all work will be carried out in compliance with the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.