The new 264,000-square-foot South Donahue Residence Hall provides Auburn University's co-ed students near-luxury accommodations in comparison to traditional campus housing. The 400+ bed facility is centrally located on campus, replacing the 100-bed Sewell Residence Hall. The site's tight conditions required careful planning and consideration for other facilities, CAPACITY400COST PER SQ FT$242.00FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio the neighboring parking deck and modern Wellness Kitchen, also designed by GMC, which together form a new hub for activity in the athletic precinct of campus.
The exterior's design mimics the signature traditional style associated with Auburn's architecture. Three wings of the building create a central courtyard, generating an urban atmosphere, with landscapes and hardscapes to accommodate a variety of residents’ activities, including recreation, socializing and studying. The tiered courtyard also features an amphitheater, small group areas with outdoor furniture and even concrete table games.
The Auburn spirit is engrained throughout the selection of finishes, fixtures and furniture within the common spaces and room interiors, including photographic wall coverings in the main lobby. A variety of room layouts are designed with apartment-style amenities, such as a kitchen, wood-look floors and stone-tiled bathrooms. All rooms come with a 3/4-size refrigerator-freezer, commercial washer-dryer, standard living room and bedroom furniture, and a pre-mounted flat-screen TV.