Suffolk University, 10 West Residence Hall

Boston, Massachusetts

Suffolk University recently opened its newest residence hall, 10 West Residence Hall, situated in the heart of Downtown Crossing, one of Boston’s most vibrant and diverse urban neighborhoods. The architect completed the renovation and rehabilitation of two early-20th-century buildings into student housing.

The 10 West Street buildings originally were being renovated ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$120.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges one-bedroom and studio condominiums, with retail on the ground floor. When the project was about 85 percent completed for condominiums, the architect was commissioned to renovate the buildings into a student residence to house 270 students. Working within the individual condominium floor plans, the fixed configurations were transformed with minimal demolition into singles, studios, suites, lofts and common lounges.

First- and second-floor spaces were converted into a central lobby with mail services, common student spaces and study rooms with an open floor plan and interconnected stair, which helps foster interaction in the building.

The 10 West Residence Hall project has received LEED gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council—a distinction shared by just a handful of student residence halls in Massachusetts. Green building practices were integrated into the entire process, from programming to design to construction.