Colby-Sawyer College Burpee Hall


Colby Sawyer College hired Banwell Architects to renovate lower level spaces in Abbey Hall and Burpee Hall that were previously spaces for child-care into dormitory use.

Features of the renovations include:

  • Window renovations and shrubbery removal to enhance natural lighting
  • Additional entrances resulting in two egresses to meet safety codes
  • Group bathrooms to accommodate additional shower space
  • Light colored materials to brighten the basement rooms
  • Low profile ceiling lights and mechanical systems to reduce clutter on low ceilings


The renovated basement dormitory rooms provide comfortable and cheerful hous­ing for Colby Sawyer students. By utilizing the lower level space, Colby Sawyer was able to increase their on-campus housing. The building renovations also helped improve the historic features of the buildings.

Location: New London, NH
Size: 15,000 sf Renovation
Project Cost: $3,200,000
Completion: 2013

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