On the historic campus of Franklin & Marshall College a new fine arts building will replace the Herman Arts Center, built in 1969. This is the first phase of a proposed New Arts Quad which will define the southwest entrance to Franklin & Marshall's campus.
The large diameter old growth trees, the oldest elements of the Franklin & Marshall campus, were the conceptual generator of the building’s geometry. The raised pavilion takes its shape from the concave inflection of the existing campus trees (all of which are preserved on the site). As a lightweight building, its main floor is lifted into the trees with the ground level open to Buchanan Park and the Arts Quad.