Christopher Newport University wanted to create a more traditional campus aesthetic that reflected the great academic traditions of Virginia. The York River Residence Halls, the first buildings constructed within the rubric of a new master plan, created an academic aesthetic on a student-friendly scale.
The project evolved as two independent, CAPACITY528COST PER SQ FT$126.34FEATURED IN2003 Architectural Portfolio L-shaped buildings. To reduce the apparent size, each four-story wing is articulated in form and color, and connected by a one-story commons. The buildings form a campus edge and a visual bridge to the adjacent community.
Four students share a suite of two rooms and a bathroom. Individual four-pipe fan-coil units allow students to control room temperature in each suite.
The Commons offers an inviting living room for students, with a fireplace and conversational area providing an added sense of warmth and hospitality. Natural light from clerestory windows surrounding the cupola further showcases the flagstone and hardwood floors, wood ceiling and other high-quality finishes to provide an inviting student environment.