Sacred Heart University, Jorge Bergoglio Hall

Fairfield , Connecticut

Design team:
Mark Simon, FAIA (Partner); Ted Tolis, AIA (Project Manager); Girard and Company (Structural); Kohler Ronan, LLC (Mechanical); Stephen Stimson Associates (Landscape); Rose Tiso and Company (Civil); Shawmut Design and Construction (Contractor)

Sacred Heart University’s new residence hall encourages sophomores to form communities within ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY216COST PER SQ FT$300.00FEATURED IN2017 Architectural Portfolio so that students of every sort can find a place of their own. The modern design creates a warm home away from home. Copper and iron-spot brick on the exterior reflect the campus’s evolving palette.
Its four-bed suites share “neighborhood” lounges and kitchens. Students gather in these small sunlit hall “eddies” or in a dorm-wide first-floor commons—three-story, paneled with maple, and highlighted by wide fireplaces. Nearby are a large fitness center, a state-of-the-art gaming room, and multipurpose meeting rooms. The commons’ glass façade faces north to display its warmth and activity to campus arrivals.
On the south side, two residential wings frame a glass-canopied porch entry and form a sunny courtyard. Glass stairwells at the wings’ ends face toward campus and become glowing towers that reassure nighttime pedestrians.