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.