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PROJECT // Widener University: Dormitories
LOCATION
Chester, Pennsylvania

DESIGN SOLUTION
The project site was originally master planned to receive two additional dormitories. Due to rising enrollments, the master plan study was revised to maximize the number of dormitory rooms in two three-story buildings on the site.

By breaking down the stereotypical housing block into smaller living units, esprit de corps is developed among the residents. This concept was applied to the design of the new dormitories. Each floor of the three-story buildings houses 60 students. Two distinct living pods are clustered around unisex shower areas providing for subgroups to share a centralized study lounge.

The dorms are constructed of concrete masonry units and brick and have exposed concrete plank floor decks with a sprayed acoustical textured paint. Each dormitory room has a through-wall air conditioning and heating unit providing individual climate control. The building's electrical service is fed off of the campus secondary loop, and gas-fired hot water heaters are used to generate hot water for the bathrooms. Additionally, one-man resident advisor's rooms are provided on each floor.



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