The new Residence Hall and Conference Center for Utica College of Syracuse University was designed to meet three objectives:
-Provide 150 beds in an innovative configuration.
-Create a gateway for the western entrance.
-Serve as a unifying element at the center of campus.
The residences are a mix of single and double bedrooms organized in six-person suites. CAPACITY150COST PER SQ FT$110.00FEATURED IN2001 Architectural Portfolio students share one bathroom, and each suite has a common living room. The suites are clustered to create common “neighborhood” spaces.
To reduce scale, the structure was designed to appear as three buildings with transparent connecting elements. The end wings unfold as welcoming arms to form a gateway for the western entrance road to Utica College.
The building houses critically needed conference space and is situated near the center point of the campus. To unify the campus, a two-tiered plaza on the hall’s east side serves as both a congregating space for students/conference goers and a meeting point for the confluence of the many walkways that connect the residential quad to the academic sector.
The project included the extension of the campus voice, video and data systems to every room.