Christopher Newport University, Potomac River Residence Halls

Newport News, Virginia

  • FIRM

    DMJM Design


    Christopher Newport University

  • AREA

    151,302 sq.ft.





The new Potomac River Residence Halls for upperclassmen recall a Georgian style with a strong sense of symmetry. The buildings’ style, scale and character typify the new architecture emerging on the Christopher Newport University campus. The architect provided architectural and engineering design for the two separate L-shaped buildings. Each building, about 75,651 ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY482COST PER SQ FT$124.32FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio feet, houses 241 students.

These residence halls were designed on a continuum from private to public space, providing students private study areas and public gathering points with many locations for collaborative efforts and social gatherings. The four-student residential units consist of two bedrooms, a study and a bathroom. Each floor contains 10 residential units, a resident-assistant room, study lounge, laundry room, vending area and hall gathering space.

An octagonal commons is the entry into each residence hall. With study rooms, game rooms and offices, it is a gathering point not only for the student residence, but also for the university community. Anchored by a large stone fireplace and filled with natural light from clerestory windows, the commons has clear sightlines that encourage student interaction.