Crafts Program Feasibility Study – University of the Arts

Crafts 15th St Entry Studio small
Crafts Linkway merge small
Crafts Studio small


The University of the Arts
Crafts Program Feasibility Study
Philadelphia Pennsylvania – 2008
master plan and feasibility study with cost estimate

Other University of the Arts Projects:

Administrative Offices
Book Store
Book Store
Elaine C. Levitt Auditorium

The University of the Arts commissioned BluPath Design to examine the feasibility of renovating the historic registered Furness Building and adding gallery and linkway additions to create a new center for Crafts program.

The proposed work would completely renovate the Furness Building, currently dormitories, into studio, gallery, classroom and administration spaces for the Crafts programs-Fibers, Glass, Ceramics, Metals and Wood- as well as house some Sculpture studios.

The Furness Building, located at the corner of Broad and Pine Streets, is attached to Hamilton Hall, designed by John Haviland in 1824 and enlarged by William Strickland in 1838.

BluPath analyzed the current and future needs for the Crafts programs, documented the existing facilities, developed a proposed space plan and ‘test-fit’ the program into the building. We then developed the layout and scope of work with the client, structural and systems engineers and construction manager, to prepare a complete report, including project schedule and cost estimate.