This large residence hall becomes a keystone of campus with the long, narrow site, crossing an entire city block. The design of the housing infill preserves three historic apartment building facades along the street and integrates them into a contemporary structure. Behind the historic facades are affinity units, which provide smaller, learning-based communities for students with common interests. A pedestrian passageway, “the avenue,” cuts through the center of the residence hall to retail and student amenities on the lower level. Sustainable design strategies aim to reduce overall energy consumption by 30 percent and water usage by 45 percent.
Learning to mitigate issues and finding solutions gives a unique perspective on how all components of a building are connected and how imperative an early coordination process is.