Wagman Construction Project

Dickinson College John M. Paz ’78 Alumni & Family Center Renovations

  • Location

    Carlisle, PA

  • Duration

    November 2022 - November 2023

  • Owner

    Dickinson College

  • Architect

    Murray Associates Architects

Wagman Construction converted Dickinson College’s president’s house, originally built in 1833 (nearly 200 years old!), into a multi-purpose alumni and family center. The renovated space boasts high-end finishes, an all-glass entryway, six private suites, office spaces, meeting spaces, technology suites, a brand-new kitchen, idyllic paver paths, a new fire sprinkler system, and a geothermal heat system. The design of this historic building included the addition of accessibility ramps and an elevator. By expanding the deck and clearing the land so it is more open, it provides more than 1500 SF of new outside entertainment areas and has become an inclusive meeting space for all.

Key Challenges & Project Details

Demolition uncovered a hidden cave and an unsuspected water basin, requiring careful assessment and strategic filling to ensure the building’s stability.

The most significant challenge arose from the discovery of an original, unsupported foundation built entirely of stone. The project team devised a new concrete foundation system, meticulously designed to maintain the building’s structural integrity without compromising its historical character.