University of Rhode Island, Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity House

Kingston, Rhode Island

  • FIRM

    Lerner Ladds + Bartels


    Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity

  • AREA

    9,000 sq.ft.





ZBT fraternity teamed with the architect to design a new home on the University of Rhode Island campus to take the place of an existing structure that was lost to a fire and only partially rebuilt a decade before.

Because the program was ambitious in relation to the size of the site and budget, an efficient and economical design was vital. Each room was planned and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$186.00FEATURED IN2008 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges not only to accommodate the required program, but also to mitigate waste of materials. Standard-length lumber was used whenever possible to reduce the amount of waste and labor needed to erect the walls.

The exterior of the building was designed to be contextual with the surrounding neighborhood. The architect drew from the language of traditional New England residential architecture, materials and detailing to create a facade with a sense of home. Traditional gable end roofs, used at the entrance to the residential side of the fraternity house, brought the facade to a human scale.