Brent Stringfellow

Creating a 21st-Century Campus

Annual Report 2019

Many of the historic structures on Lehigh’s campus are iconic, photogenic and beloved by those who have walked their hallowed halls. But any university that wants to expand and evolve must apply creative approaches to ultimately realizing a 21st-century campus that supports the way students live and learn now, without sacrificing Lehigh’s notable beauty.

Associate Vice President for Facilities and University Architect Brent Stringfellow is the person charged with striking this delicate balance. From one end of campus to another, several major building projects have already been completed or are well underway. These significant investments in the infrastructure projects—and the enhancement of the student experience as a result—are enabling Lehigh to better support our students in their academic journey, their student experience and faculty’s ground-breaking research.

“I favor the term evolution when talking about transforming Lehigh because we’re approaching the campus in such a way that we’re building on the legacy of Lehigh as the foundation for the future campus—not changing it fundamentally.”

Creating a 21st Century Campus | Annual Report 2019


Fairchild-Martindale Library Renovated

In the fall of 2019, Lehigh completed an extensive renovation of Fairchild-Martindale Library to create new spaces for meetings, studying and socializing, in addition to a café offering expanded dining options for students and others. These dining options will continue to be expanded with the aim of meeting the needs of a bustling, 24-hour university and to help transform Lehigh Libraries into a center of intellectual vibrancy and culture.


Health, Science and Technology Building

Work has begun on the new Health, Science and Technology Building, the largest academic and research building ever to be built at Lehigh. HST will serve as the home of Lehigh’s innovative new College of Health, as well as an important new gateway between Lehigh and the city.


Chandler-Ullmann Hall Reopens After Extensive Renovation

Lehigh celebrated the reopening of historic Chandler-Ullmann Hall at the start of the 2019-2020 academic year following a $31 million renovation project that modernized a 95,000-square-foot interior and created new classrooms, faculty offices, study rooms and student zones in the heart of the Asa Packer Campus. The 14-month project included the restoration of many of the building’s distinctive architectural features that were original to the 1884 stone structure.


Southside Commons Welcomes First Residents

Lehigh’s five-story residential community officially opened in mid-August—fifteen months after breaking ground on the property—and welcomed its first residents in time for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. The building offers apartment-style living for 428 students and includes a fitness center, study rooms, activity rooms and an outdoor recreation area. At its groundbreaking, administrators and trustees noted “unparalleled opportunities for personal growth and interaction” as well as the complex’s potential for opportunities to interact with the local community. The new kind of student living facility serves as a model for a new residential complex that is currently in progress.

1,220 Number of students who participated in Career Lab, run by the enhanced Center for Career and Professional Development
195,000 square ft. Amount of lab space designated for interdisciplinary research in Lehigh’s proposed Health, Science and Technology Building, which is currently under construction
>700 Number of students who will be housed in an on-campus complex of new residential houses that are being constructed near the Clayton University Center at Packer Hall, and which will serve as a bridge between residential spaces on The Hill and the academic heart of the campus