South Dakota State University, Jackrabbit Village

Brookings, South Dakota

  • FIRM

    Treanor Architects, PA


    South Dakota State University

  • AREA

    98,500 sq.ft.





The architects supported the university in designing Jackrabbit Village to provide much-needed undergraduate housing, enhance and enrich students’ collegiate experiences and provide a feeling of "home."

The 408-bed village originally was conceived as one building, but evolved during a design charrette into ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMKoch Hazard Architects, Architect of RecordCAPACITY408COST PER SQ FT$167.51FEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized three-building complex, housing 36 students per floor. Creating separate building broke up the population density, provided a human-scale residence, and helped students identify with their new home. Each floor was configured into a hybrid pod-style layout—sharing a living room, kitchen, laundry, quiet lounge space and two bathrooms. One community assistant space was allocated for each floor.

Sited within the context of a newly defined undergraduate neighborhood on Rotunda Green, Jackrabbit Village blends into the existing mid-century neighborhood and included an addition to Mathews Hall, a 1960s-era building.

The project was designed to achieve LEED silver certification and was erected in 14 months utilizing tilt-up precast construction.