The profile of the average graduate student at the Amos Tuck School of Business has evolved during the past 30 years. Student-housing facilities, originally designed along the lines of standard undergraduate residence halls, no longer suited the needs of Tuck students and mid-career executives accustomed to higher standards of accommodation.
Approximately half of the CAPACITY60COST PER SQ FT$222.00FEATURED IN1999 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYWork in Progress body lives off-campus. These commuting students also needed places on campus for lockers and social spaces that they could use between classes, and thus become more fully integrated into the Tuck community. Teaching methodology also has evolved, and with it the need for group-study rooms, social spaces and distance-learning suites.
In response to these needs, Dartmouth College developed a multifaceted program that combined graduate-student rooms (which are used for summer executive-education programs), social spaces, distance-learning facilities and recreational functions in a single building.
The only site available for a new building was a steeply sloping site at the rear of the existing Byrne and Murdough buildings overlooking their service entrances. Also on the site was an existing stone footbridge—of important symbolic value to the school but, located at the back end of the campus, it was hidden and underutilized.
The building is composed of 60 student or guest rooms, a multilevel lobby and support spaces. The student rooms are organized into clusters of 8 to 12 rooms, each equipped with a common living room and kitchenette area.