Carefully designed in context to existing historic architecture, Pearl Hall is the newest student residence on Centre College’s 115-acre campus. The building contains living quarters for 146 juniors and seniors and gives them more freedom and a transitional experience between traditional campus housing and living on their own ASSOCIATED FIRMCMTA Consulting Engineers, MEP EngineerCAPACITY146COST PER SQ FT$205.72FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio graduation.
Most units are suites with four single bedrooms, two bathrooms and a common area with a convenience kitchen. Socializing and study spaces are featured throughout the hall, including a lounge on the main level for large gatherings, a group study room on the lower level and community kitchens on each floor. The front porch is furnished with rocking chairs with a view of the main campus. The courtyard deck overlooks the soccer field.
Pearl Hall used measurable sustainable principles in the development, design and construction of the project—attaining LEED-NC gold certification. The 2 percent initial added investment (based on construction cost) will realize a 20 percent life-cycle savings, as well as have a positive impact on the environment and the quality of life for students.