Jefferson Community College, East Hall

Watertown, New York

  • FIRM

    Mach Architecture, p.c.


    Jefferson Community College

  • AREA

    94,000 sq.ft.





Responding to the changing landscape in higher education, Jefferson Community College (JCC) elected to build its first residence hall. This significant change enabled JCC to evolve from a commuter school to one serving students 24/7. Working closely with the administration, Mach worked toward a design that capitalized on the site and optimized the layout for safety, ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRMPurcell Construction CorporationCAPACITY285COST PER SQ FT$171.00FEATURED IN2015 Architectural Portfolio and future growth.

The four-story residence hall is designed as two wings in suite style to promote interaction and encourage community. In addition to living rooms within each suite, the building features a common area connecting the two wings. This central connector includes a large open lounge and a tech nook with six work stations that have printing capabilities and a hospitality-inspired reception area.

The “eco spot” is a smaller lounge in the connector, featuring sustainable material such as rapid renewal bamboo floor and recycled glass counters. Light tubes from the roof deck bring natural light to the space. An LED fireplace lends ambience to the relaxed space. The wings are organized around park-like recreational space with informal meeting areas.

This project is a design-build contract with Purcell Construction Company.