North and South Halls are intended to help transform the University of Arkansas Little Rock campus from a predominately commuter campus to a residential campus. Two new L-shaped, six-story residential buildings occupy the northeast and southeast corners of a rectangular site. Additionally, the halls are connected by a new two-story commons building. The commons building CAPACITY326COST PER SQ FT$137.29FEATURED IN2008 Architectural Portfolio residence halls unite with an existing five-story residence hall (East Hall), along the site’s eastern edge, to form a quad. Architectural language derived from East Hall provides a clear sense of continuity.
Each wing has 163 residents in two- and four-bedroom apartment-style configurations. Each floor of each wing is a community of about 40 students with a small study. However, most of the social space is in the new commons building. The commons, with its clock tower, is viewed as an anchor and a center of student activity for residential life on campus. It includes a mailroom, convenience store, large lounge and activity center. Residence-life offices and classroom space are on the second floor. A colonnade along the eastern street edge connects all residential wings.