Hatch and Schurz Halls were prime examples of mid-century, high-rise residence halls that no longer met the requirements and expectations of their occupants. The architect worked with representatives from Residential Life and student groups to identify the deficiencies of the existing buildings and to establish goals for the renovation. The greatest priority was to COST PER SQ FT$131.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges bright, open spaces for student interaction; this goal was met by creating new openings in the exterior walls wherever possible to allow more natural light to flood into the spaces. The renovated halls accommodate 1,040 beds in traditional single and double units.
Connecting Hatch and Schurz Halls is the two-story Bingham Hall. The lower floor was renovated so that students from surrounding residence halls can enjoy the food provided by Campus Dining Services in a comfortable atmosphere. Students now have a series of defined spaces for socializing as well as quiet study. In addition, a commercial kitchen and other support facilities increase efficiency and meet the needs of students and staff.