Residence Halls for Higher Education

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Living and Learning

Student residence halls are more than places to sleep and store belongings. They accommodate the growing complexity of student life in the 21st century, offering a significant opportunity for expanding the educational experience outside of the classroom. Learning from living together in dynamic residential environments prepares students for lives in a globalizing world amid the new normal of perpetual change. Newman Architects has provided residential life master planning and architectural design services for over 50 residence hall projects on 25 architecturally diverse campuses throughout the United States. Our design approach is based on the house paradigm, the living and learning model, and the developmental-housing continuum. With every new project we create community environments where students and faculty share activities, thereby providing daily opportunities for intellectual, creative, social, and spiritual development.

Next Generation Connecticut Hall University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut LEED Gold Pending Project Delivery: Design Build

The design of the new Next-Gen Residence Hall, an eight story structure housing 720 students, is guided by the fundamental goal of fostering connections among its residents and those who are using the building as a living learning environment. Encouraging community in built form led us to develop a site plan and building scheme which: unifies the Hilltop Site into a new residential campus; develops a lively main floor of “all house� uses and academic program spaces having visibility to exterior gathering places and pathways; and organizing student living floors in ways that cluster common uses as hubs of activity. The project features a green roof, supporting living and learning research programs.

Kahn Hall Oberlin College

Oberlin, Ohio LEED Silver Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (GC)

Oberlin College desired its first new residence hall in 50 years to set high standards for sustainable design and education. Kahn Hall creates a sustainable learning environment consisting primarily of doubles and some singles in its 150 student rooms. The hall accommodates a Resident Director, Faculty in Residence Apartments, and 6 Resident Advisors. Common areas include social areas, quiet study areas, and other social amenities.

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Meditz Hall Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut LEED Silver Equivalent Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

Fairfield University’s Meditz Hall apartments implemented part of the University’s residential master plan (also by Newman Architects) to attract more upper class students to live on campus with a residence hall offering low-rise independent-living apartments in a verdant setting.

Meditz Hall wraps the northeast edge of a wooded campus site to greet pedestrians coming from the west and to form a new green space to its south. The residence hall adds critical mass to a previously undersized residential area, while preserving sensitive natural green areas that include a stream to the east and a stream and wetlands with a pond to the southwest.

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Caird and de Cordova Halls Hobart and William Smith Colleges Geneva, New York Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges we designed two new residence halls to enhance the growth of a student residential community. The buildings join an older dormitory and a wooden house to form a new landscaped quadrangle. Both residence halls extend wings out from centralized common spaces. Lobbies, living rooms, and small kitchens on each floor provide settings where residents can meet. A mix of single rooms, double, quadruple suites, and a “theme house� in each hall support a balance of ages and interests.

Pondside III Residence Hall Keene State College

Keene, New Hampshire Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

Pondside III is located beside two existing residence halls on the northeast corner of Brickyard Pond. The Residence Hall is suite style with between five to ten singles per suite. The suites are either all singles, all doubles or a mix of both. The rooms open into a common area and have a shared bathroom. A variety of suite sizes and configurations provides a range of rooming choice for upper classes, complimented by floor living rooms and study rooms that create opportunities for socialization and stimulate the formation of a residential community.

Arnold Hall Residence and Mixed Use Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Build

Located in the heart of the Broadway retail district on the site of a small existing parking lot, the building façade acts as infill in the manner of a normative retail and residential structure. At the same time, the building creates a small secure landscaped court as part of Yale University’s Davenport College. The design/build project provides 47 new undergraduate beds in suite arrangements to accommodate the immediate swing space needs of the University.

Old Graduate College Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

Princeton University recognized the need to integrate the graduate student residential population





community. Old Graduate College, located at the edge of the campus proper did not provide the social and recreational programming necessary to build a viable residential community. This project provides new enhanced social spaces in the basement, including a social hall, vending cafĂŠ, television room, and recreational space.

Jonathan Edwards College Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

The oldest of Yale’s residential colleges, Jonathan Edwards College was designed in 1932 by James Gamble Rogers. Newman Architects’ renovation of Jonathan Edwards renews this architectural treasure to nurture and inspire future generations of Yale students. The comprehensive interior reconfiguration enables the college to provide an increased number of student beds, maintaining the ‘suite’ style bedroom organization.

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Hopper College (formerly Calhoun College) Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

At Hopper College, our design solution focused on preservation. Where new architectural interventions were needed, we envisioned the building in the eyes of its architect, preserving and enhancing the original architecture. The program called for extensive suite reconfigurations, including the full redesign of the east wing. In the kitchen renovation, the basement area was fully modernized, allowing many first floor operations to move downstairs. The first floor servery was enlarged, and the dining hall was restored.

Headington Hall University of Oklahoma

Norman, Oklahoma LEED Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

Newman Architects served as Design Architect for a new 188,000-square foot, 380-bed suite style residence hall at the University of Oklahoma. The project forms a key corner of a newly developed campus edge, creating a gateway into the Athletic quadrant of the University. The new building houses freshman and sophomore student athletes and non-athletes in single and double rooming arrangements and includes specialized dining facilities, fitness, recreation and retail spaces. It was designed to reflect the Cherokee Gothic style of the University’s historic buildings, as well as more recent modern additions to the campus.

Fauver Fields First-year Residence Hall and Upperclass Residence Hall Wesleyan University

Middletown, Connecticut LEED Certified Project Delivery: Design Build

This Design/Build residence hall project includes two 3-story residential hall buildings. The freshman building has space for 165 students in 80 double rooms and 5 single rooms, with one area director apartment. The upper classmen building has space for 104 students in 20 fiveperson suites and 2 two-person suites. Each building has an array of common support spaces for social interchange and scholastic needs. The entry in each residence hall serves as the social hub of the building. Lobbies are positioned in direct proximity to primary lounges, laundry, vending and vertical circulation, promoting social interaction.

Patapsco Hall University of Maryland, Baltimore County Baltimore, Maryland LEED Gold Project Delivery: Design Build

The main residence hall addition houses 190 first year students in single, double and triple rooming arrangements. Its main level provides study and social spaces, and cafe lounge. The project features an innovative green roof research platform as part of its focus on sustainable design and construction. Supporting ongoing research efforts by UMBC faculty and graduate students, the project features a green roof and an identically-sized control area, each with dedicated drainage systems and rainwater quantity and quality measurement devices. UMBC researchers plan to use the data generated by the system to document annual storm water retention by the green roof, monitoring runoff from the green and control portions of the roof and comparing them in terms of quantity and quality. Storm water retention totals and storm hydrographs are displayed in real-time in the building lobby and the monitoring facility is available for educational tours for faculty and students. The project created new courtyards, new volleyball court and basketball court with tiered seating, and additional outdoor gathering areas with a unifying pathway network, transforming of a residential precinct.

Dolan Hall Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

Newman Architects thoughtful adaptive reuse transforms this former convent into an unusual apartment-style student residence. The new design provides Dolan Hall with open-plan independent living for junior and seniors in four, six, and eight-bed apartments, each with kitchen and bathroom. The transformation creates abundant social common spaces for large and small group gatherings.

Jewett House Vassar College

Poughkeepsie, New York Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

A primary focus of the project was enhancing the sense of community for residents. The addition of common lounges, small and large meeting spaces, library and study spaces, and kitchen/ vending spaces served to meet this goal. The project includes a complete modernization to provide additional occupancy and variety in





lavatory and bathing facilities, reconfiguration of internal paths to alleviate congestion and clarify circulation within the building.

15 Washington Street Commons Rutgers University

Newark, New Jersey Project Delivery: Public Private Partnership (P3)

Implementing Newman Architects’ Housing Master Plan, this project restores and the adaptively reuses the landmark 15 Washington Street building, a 21-story office building of 1929, later acquired by Rutgers, vacant for the past 13 years. The renovation’s new student apartments and restored ground floor public spaces transform the residential experience on Rutgers’ Newark campus and help catalyze Newark’s renaissance.

Vanderbilt Hall - Old Campus Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)





Vanderbilt Hall into the 21st century. Failing mechanical systems were replaced, life safety systems modernized and telecommunications systems fully equipped. New systems were concealed so as not to compromise the existing architecture. Refinishing of paneling and flooring, together with enhanced lighting, brighten and refresh Vanderbilt’s interior environment.

Dormitory Renovation Yale Law School

New Haven, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

This interior renovation elevates the quality of life for Yale Law School students. In our work, we remained faithful to the vision of the original architect, James Gamble Rogers, who designed the “Collegiate Gothic� building in 1929. The original closed floor plan clustered student suites around six separate stair entrances. The renovation program converted three of the six entryways into administrative offices and work space. Several existing rooms were converted to common spaces with the intent to provide areas for quiet meetings and study.

Harry L. Garrigus Suites University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut Project Delivery: Design Build

The new 138,000-square foot building provides 450 new beds for the campus. The design creates a quadrangle with house-like forms to give the architecture an intimate residential scale and a front yard for students to occupy and enjoy. The program includes a large conference facility, a main common lounge on the main floor, smaller lounges on each of the four floors, and a laundry facility in the basement.

East Wheelock Residential Cluster Dartmouth College

Hanover, New Hampshire Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (GC)

Fraternity houses were traditionally the most popular form of housing at Dartmouth College, prior to Dartmouth’s transition into a co-ed institution. Our design provides an inviting alternative to the fraternity house by breaking the scale of a dormitory into “houses” with individual living rooms, central stairways and study/seminar rooms. Built into a hillside, the three buildings join at a common ground floor that creates an informal quadrangle — an outdoor living room.

Drake Hall Colgate University

Hamilton, New York Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (GC)

The Drake Hall Residence bridges an important pedestrian path between existing 1950s dormitory, Curtis Hall, and the new Curtis Frank dining hall (also by Newman Architects). The newly created quadrangle provides an outdoor living room where students can socialize and recreate with their fellow residents.

Trinity Hall Trinity International University

Deerfield, Illinois Project Delivery: Design Bid Build (CM)

Trinity International University is a faith based institution whose mission includes a strong mentoring program. The university’s goal for a new residence hall was to house the broadest and most diverse cross section of their student body. This included accommodating representatives from each class including graduate students. The building was divided into three wings both, in plan and in section, providing the necessary levels of privacy while also allowing for the desired proximities to the diverse student population.

Our Philosophy

As architects, we believe that what we make can improve the lives of people. We want to realize the idea of a better, richer place, made palpable through the shaping of space, place, form, and climate. The places we make reflect our affection for ordinary human interchange and commerce, and for what lies beneath. People need to belong to something larger, to make connections with others and the world, and to make order out of chaos. The architecture they inhabit needs to represent something larger than either the individual or the group, yet provide places where they can both be themselves and recognize the social and cultural structures that surround them.

Design Process

Team Structure An open office environment supports our ‘studio’ style organization, with staff grouped into teams supporting principals-in-charge to address project challenges in a flexible manner - delivering talent where needed, when needed, with efficiency and effectiveness. We add consultants to the team as each project progresses to provide the right engineering and specialty expertise for the task.

Consensus Building We listen. We meet regularly with stake-holders to gather essential project information and to assist with decision making, building the essential consensus to move the project forward to completion. Our communication and coordination skills achieve success with complex constellations of constituency groups and in demanding regulatory environments.

Public Outreach We have developed an extensive repertoire of skills and tools for helping institutions successfully present to the public and to obtain community acceptance of proposed projects.

Building Information Modeling - BIM Newman Architects was an early adopter of 3-D Building Information Modeling to support our design process. We use BIM for all projects, enhancing our ability to study a variety of project alternatives quickly, to monitor project scope and cost, to improve coordination and reduce conflicts, and to support enhanced project visualization. With MEPF systems coordinated in 3-D, our BIM models have reduced contractor bids, construction clashes during construction and anticipated construction costs.

Integrated Delivery We use our leadership in 3-D design to support the construction process. We are participating in the development of new practices in the delivery of architectural projects, collaborating with construction managers at all phases of design, bidding, and construction, utilizing BIM as the common platform for communication of intention and realization.

Sustainability At each project phase we explore a full range of available alternatives for making residential education more sustainable for the future, engaging social, economic, and environmental considerations. BIM and its growing number of companion platforms offer powerful new tools for us and our engineers to investigate all aspects of sustainability in detail with precision, including energy modeling, solar exposure, and material alternatives.

Design Visualization We employ a wide range of powerful visualization methods to help our clients and ourselves understand and test design concepts and alternatives, including: physical and virtual modeling, photorealistic synthetic imaging and fly-over and tour-though animation.

Cost and Schedule Control We maintain control of cost and schedule through a range of tools and processes; testing and mockups to verify feasibility and constructability; early setting and periodic review of project schedules; benchmark testing and periodic review of budgets; risk assessment at each project phase; and BIM systems that export detailed information about scope. We have also gathered extensive experience with alternative procurement and contract-delivery strategies that can speed schedules and reduce cost, including: fast-track documentation, design-build, early enabling projects, and early-purchasing.

Quality Control We employ a range of quality-control techniques, including: outside code/regulatory reviews; internal third-party document reviews; coordination with project CM’s; and BIM systems that unify project information in single models and greatly reduce opportunities for conflicts.

Selected Higher Education Clients

Alfred University

Rutgers University

Amherst College

Southern Connecitcut State University

Colgate University

St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Cornell University

The New School for Social Research

Dartmouth College

Trinity International University

Eastern Connecticut State University

Union Theological Seminary

Elon University

University of Connecticut

Emory and Henry College

University of Maryland Baltimore County

Fairfield University

University of Oklahoma

Hobart and William Smith Colleges

University of Rochester, Eastman School Music

Keene State College

University of Tennessee

Lynn University

Vassar College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wellesley College

Middlebury College

Wesleyan University

Montgomery College

Western Connecticut State University

Northeastern University

Widener University

Oberlin College

Williams College

Princeton University

Yale University

“The new housing met our program needs and was completed with excellent results. The design supports the colleges architectural context and provides outstanding overall value. Newman Architects has a willingness and ability to listen and respond to the owner’s requirements. They have strong project management capabilities with an emphasis on an ability to design to budget. I would welcome an opportunity to work with them in the future.”

“We’re honored Fauver is setting a positive example for other new constructions in the state. A great deal of time and effort went into the planning, and it shows. It’s a lovely facility, and one that not only affords more students a comfortable place to live, it has made the campus more beautiful. This is something the entire Wesleyan community should be very proud of.”

Charles C. Jackson Assoc. Vice President of Planning and Facilities St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Joyce Topshe Associate Vice President for Facilities Wesleyan University

The Newman team has been exceptionally collaborative on all of our projects. As a result of their skills, organization, and ability to lead and coordinate the complex team of sub-consultant disciplines, Calhoun College was delivered on time, on budget, and with minimal change orders. They care deeply about the concerns of their clients. The buildings at Yale for which they have been architect are located in a dense urban fabric with very difficult site constraints and complex owner constituencies. They are excellent collaborators and unselfIsh team players who seek solutions and resolution of issues with win-win attitude for all concerned, while pursuing excellence in design, construction methodology, and service.

“In addition to the knowledge Newman Architects brings to the table, they are excellent listeners. They are open to the client and are always willing to listen and to understand our needs…Newman Architects also added glamour to the ordinary concept of suites. Our award-winning building is praised by students, parents and other staff at the University. It is a functional design yet it manages to capture the eye and take advantage of the surroundings…Newman Architects go beyond what we expect from architects. They have a passion for designing environments that support the University's vision and the aspirations of a housing department.”

David Yager Senior Architect Planner, Program Manager (Ret.), Yale University

Logan Trimble Director of Operations, Department of Residential Life University of Connecticut

“Over the last decade, I have had the distinct privilege of working with Newman Architects on the design and construction of two residence halls on our campus…They supported our vision, provided leadership throughout the project, and in the end, we had a building which exceeded our expectations in terms of usefulness and desirability as a student residence hall…The products they’ve delivered to us have become our most desired campus housing. Newman Architects begin strongly with good designs, and follow that up with support and a truly collaborative effort to see the project through to its completion and the client’s satisfaction. “

“Pondside III and Butler Court have been a great success on campus. The buildings complement and enhance the on campus residential life program as a whole. They are both highly sought after by student residents. This is because of the extraordinary quality of accommodations they provide, and also because of the spirit of community within each hall. The teamwork that developed during our programming, design and construction processes helped deliver the facilities we hoped to create.”

Maribeth Griffin Director of Residential Programs & Staff Western Connecticut State University

Jay Kahn Vice President for Finance and Planning Keene State College

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