The existing Cox Residence Hall was unable to meet the housing needs of the evolving student body. The demographic profile of incoming students is changing from individuals to married couples and families. This project responds to the unique needs of this student profile by integrating academic and family life program elements into a FEATURED IN2014 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress facility.
The addition is positioned on the far north end of the site and includes a basement garage that will eliminate a surface parking lot. These two decisions allow for a new quadrangle to be formed creating a front yard for the new Cox Hall as part of the campus master plan. Another key component to the design is a phasing plan that will minimize the disruption to the campus operations. The phasing plan adds capacity in the first phase allowing existing units to be taken out of service as they are renovated. The new systems will have the capacity to serve the entire building and provide single point connections, allowing later phases to connect with minimal disruption during the switchover.