The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend College, Senat Residence Hall

Erie, Pennsylvania

The design of the new Senat Hall at The Pennsylvania State University’s Behrend Campus does much more than house students in double-suite arrangements. Senat Hall groups freshman students by major within a living and learning educational support network to create positive living situations that foster cultural perspective, critical thinking and leadership skills. Study ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$98.84FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges spaces were designed to provide maximum flexibility for small- or large-size freshman interest group (FIG) activities with faculty advisers.

Conceived to provide a transition from the student union building and the upper part of the campus, Senat Hall was inserted on a substantial 20-foot slope between the existing Perry Residence Hall and student union buildings. Improving pedestrian accessibility and circulation was a primary concern; the building serves to direct students traveling up the hill to the adjacent campus housing. By breaking the vertical procession and easing the grade between the vertical circulation elements, the pathway to the upper part of the campus has become measurably more enjoyable.