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Mount Holyoke College

New Residence Hall

Location: South Hadley, MA
Project Completed: 2008
Size: 75,000 GSF

With 176 beds, this new residence hall is one of the largest of the College’s residential facilities. The College prides itself on the intimate residential scale and quality of its original centennial residential buildings. In appreciation of this tradition, the facility is planned in 30-40 bed clusters; within each is a range of room types from traditional doubles/singles to suites. The clusters, which include shared common space, reduce the scale of the facility, while also helping promote strong bonds among residents.

Integrated building and landscape design complements the picturesque lakeside setting. The building footprint responds to the adjoining, environmentally sensitive natural corridor. Ihe project achieved a LEED™ Gold rating.

  • to contribute to the College’s commitment to stewardship by achieving LEED™ Silver certification
outcomes-based design RESULTS
  • Nested communities comprised of traditional doubles, singles, and suites, provide a “progressively independent living” environment that addresses the changing needs of students and help promote strong bonds among residents.
  • 30-40 bed clusters are arranged in two building masses joined with shared commons to reduce the scale. Exterior is highly articulated, through window placement and material selection, reflecting the variety and diversity of the program.
  • Room sizes and configurations vary throughout the building, mirroring the variations found in the centennial houses; attic story offers more variety in living environments through sloped roofs, dormered alcoves and modified room proportions.
  • Integration of building and landscape complements the lakeside setting.
  • The project exceeded expectations and achieved a LEED™ Gold rating. An LCD screen in the lobby displays the electricity use of each of the residential “clusters” fostering awareness of energy consumption. The building also employs solar roof panels to support the domestic hot water system.
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