Torcon's Work Has Begun for Lehigh University’s Williams Hall Renovation

Torcon was selected by Lehigh University to provide Pennsylvania pre-construction and construction services for renovation work on the historic 63,000 square-foot Williams Hall. The project will improve both Williams Hall’s aesthetic appeal and internal infrastructure, creating a dynamic center for student activities and globally-oriented academic programs.

Constructed in 1903, Williams Hall is located centrally on Lehigh University’s scenic Asa Packer campus with access to Memorial Walk, which links the eastern and western points of campus. In keeping with the University’s goal of integrating academic and student life, the renovated building will be transformed into a hub for various offices and classrooms, along with diversity initiatives and open spaces supporting international collaboration.

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As construction manager, Torcon’s services will encompass design review, budgeting, schedule management, and the implementation of a comprehensive logistics plan for each phase of construction. In addition to renovating interior spaces within Williams Hall, the project encompasses replacing or modifying windows to increase energy efficiency, and refurbishing the building’s exterior ornamentation. In addition, Torcon will oversee a site work program that includes new hardscaping and landscaping to take better advantage of the University’s unique topography.

“We are thrilled to be collaborating with Lehigh University on this project,” said Benedict J. Torcivia, Jr., Co-President of Torcon, Inc. “My family has strong ties with Lehigh, and Torcon’s staff includes many Lehigh graduates. The University is truly close to our hearts. We believe the efforts to improve this historic building will benefit the institution, the students and the Lehigh community at large. We look forward to helping to create a forward-thinking environment in which to learn.”