SUNY Potsdam, Bowman Hall

Potsdam, New York

  • FIRM

    Mach Architecture, p.c.


    DASNY / SUNY Potsdam

  • AREA

    235,620 sq.ft.





We are in an era of spa-like residence halls where students play, bond, study, eat, relax, commune and sleep under the same roof. The challenge of the Bowman Hall project was to deliver the necessary renovations while also positioning the facility as a recruitment and retention asset by meeting student expectations.


The focal point of the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPathfinder Engineers & ArchitectsCAPACITY700COST PER SQ FT$126.72FEATURED IN2014 Architectural Portfolio was an unused space at the center of the complex that was surrounded by a lackluster exterior. By rethinking this hub, the design team incorporated a nucleus into the community.


This new commons provides for a broad array of spaces deliberately designed for today’s students. The new reception space evokes a hotel-like atmosphere while study spaces are flexible and technology-enabled. Devoted rooms accommodate energy demands, optimal lighting and preferred seating for media and gaming. Phased renovations to residential spaces complement the addition with new bathrooms and lounges and laundry on each floor, while geothermal heating and cooling sustainably reduce operating expenses. The result is a residential village supporting contemporary student lifestyles.