Burgess & Niple's (B&N) initial assignment was to complete a Predesign Study of the College’s residence hall system. The study included an inspection and evaluation of the residence hall structures and facilities; interviews with key administrative, residence life, and maintenance personnel, and students; conducting a Predesign Workshop; and preparing a final report. The Study focused on solutions that fit within the College’s mission, academic goals, student life, and financial plans.
Following the assessment, B&N designed a new three-wing complex which encompasses 185 beds in a total of 52,000 sf of space. Living options are diversified and include singles, doubles, suites with private bathrooms, apartments, and combination suites/apartments. Handicap-accessible rooms have been provided for each option. Rooms have been sized to be practical and comfortable. Residents have choices of learning and study spaces, including their rooms, hallway niches, floor lounges, community lounges, and the Team Learning Space. Spaces are designed so activity can occur spontaneously or be programmed and scheduled. Students are encouraged to explore, debate, and mentor one another. Faculty are encouraged to utilize the communal space such as conference areas and the Team Learning Space.