Worcester Polytechnic Institute, East Hall

Worcester, Massachusetts

  • FIRM

    CannonDesign

  • CLIENT

    Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • AREA

    103,500 sq.ft.

  • TOTAL COST

    $33,000,000.00

  • COMPLETION DATE

    7/2008

Seeking to increase the number of beds on campus and attract upperclass students back to campus, Worcester Polytechnic Institute commissioned the architect to provide planning and design services for East Hall.

The five-story facility, which provides 232 beds in a mix of single- and double-room suites ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY232COST PER SQ FT$318.84CITATIONPost-Secondary CitationFEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio studios, continues the streetscape building edge established by neighboring buildings, and complements the character of the campus and surrounding area. The compactly designed and configured plan features central courtyards on the building’s east and west sides.

First-floor public areas include administrative offices, gaming and community rooms, an exercise room, two music rooms, project rooms and a laundry/vending room.

A green roof and a stormwater monitor and testing station in the ground-floor lobby educate students and the public about green design and enrich the institute’s environmental science curriculum. The 4,800-square-foot palletized roof system, situated on 17,800 square feet of Energy Star roofing, was designed to be an experimental roof for educating students and conducting research in green roof technology.

The university intends to seek LEED gold certification for the facility.

"Students and the community are able to interact and connect with this design, while embracing learning opportunities on sustainability."--2009 jury