Katie MacDonald, Assoc. AIA; Kyle Schumann
Logjam is an outdoor classroom that draws from the logging history of the surrounding town, deriving its form from the intersections of floating logs.
Sited on the campus of a liberal arts college, Logjam is a gathering space and outdoor classroom for the Lycoming College community. The college is located in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the historic site of the Susquehanna Boom.
During the height of the Boom, close to one million logs were held floating in the river before being sorted and sent to sawmills. Drawing on the town's history, Logjam recalls the intersecting piles of logs that once covered the river, forming seating profiles for various activities. After Architecture designed and built Logjam, welding and painting a structure of steel frames, bolting the structure to cast footings, and attaching a surface of sapele lumber. Playing with the log archetype, the section of the benches is determined by projecting the even divisions of a circular log onto a rectilinear volume.