STUDENT HOUSING DESIGN
Information on dormitories, residence halls, and other housing for school and university students, compiled by the National Clearinghouse for Educational Facilities.
References to Books and Other Media
Living on Campus. Trends and Analysis. 2012 College Housing Report
(College Planning and Management, Jun 2012)
Residence halls are evolving from basic sleeping spaces to fully furnished homes away from home for students. This 11th annual survey of college residence hall construction is based on data from 50 projects opened or opening between August 2011 and 2013. Twenty-one are in operation, 15 will open for the fall semester, and the others are currently under construction. Together they will house 26,691 students in 9M sq. ft. Their total cost is more than $2B. 11p.
University Housing Fires (2007-2009)
(U.S. Fire Administration, FEMA, Topical Fire Report Series , Aug 2011)
Addresses the characteristics of university housing fires reported to the National Fire Incident Reporting Systems between 2007 and 2009; an estimated 3,800 university housing fires occurred in the United States each year. 12p
Trends in Campus Housing: A Critical Component When Planning Your Campus' Learning Environment. [Webcast CD]
(Society for College and University Planning and the Association of College & University Housing Officers–International , Apr 2009)
As the college campus evolves into a single grand educational experience, the lines between classrooms, residence halls, administration, and student services blur. This webcast explores the multiple trends that are impacting campus housing and residential life—and how those trends are being articulated in the design of residential housing facilities.TO ORDER: https://appl.acuho-i.org/acuhoi
References to Journal Articles
Lock And Roll. University Working Groups Agree to Update Dorm Locks
Jensen, Ralph C.
Campus Technology; Jul 2012
Describes how Princeton University retrofitted more than 3,200 doors with a new, state-of-the-art wireless locking system.
Passive-House Dormitory Receives Certification
ED+C; Jun 28, 2012
TerraHaus, North America’s first Passive-House student dormitory located on the Unity College campus in Unity, Maine, has received official certification from the Passive House Institute U.S.
WPI to Build New Residence Hall
WPI News Release; May 30, 2012
Announces Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) development of a 258-bed, 89,000-square-foot, apartment-style student residence hall. This green building was designed by Boston-based ADD Inc. to meet LEED standards and the design celebrates the work of Michael Faraday, a British scientist, chemist, physicist, and philosopher who lived from 1791 to 1867.
Student Accommodation Addresses Global Issues of Sustainability and Conservation
World Architecture News; Mar 13, 2012
Description of Charles David Keeling Apartments located at the University of California San Diego. The design employs a suite of tactics to address Southern California's pressing environmental challenges of storm water management, water scarcity, and carbon emissions, providing a model of sustainable living and a pilot for future campus development.
Solving the Puzzle of Residential Life
College Planning and Management; Mar 2012
Advocates for a well-planned and well-executed residential master plan that thoroughly explores programmatic opportunities and challenges and provides an institution with a more rational approach to managing those many residential buildings on the campus map. At the very least, it will save money by illustrating where a university’s housing assets are and putting costs in perspective.
Biscayne Commons Dormitory, Johnson & Wales University
Design Cost Data; , p20-22 ; Feb 2012
Case study of new North Miami, Florida dormitories that are cost-effective and were built in a twelve month time frame.
Bard College Shines
Facilities Manager; Feb 2012
Discusses new solar thermal panels for hot water at two residential halls at Bard College in New York, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Useful, Green, and Community-Minded
College Planning and Management; , p83-85 ; Jan 2012
Miscordia University's, Dallas, PA, creative adaptation of three existing facilities has saved money and resources and contributed to a strong town-gown relationship. Describes renovation of a funeral home to a residence hall for 26 students, and a former car dealership to arts studios.
Let the Sunshine (and Students) In
College Planning and Management; , p26-29 ; Dec 2011
Selecting windows and doors for today's student residence renovation and new construction projects requires a balanace between energy efficiency, durability, cost, sustainability, and aesthetics.
Two-in-one Building Concept Maximized Construction Funds
School Construction News; , 2p ; Nov 30, 2011
Case study of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, that built a unique two-buildings-in-one: 201,000-square-foot Residence/Rec Center, completed in the fall of 2009, and four-story, 265-bed dormitory that wraps around a 62,000-square-foot field house like a 34-foot-wide rectangular donut.
Campus Apartments and CUBE 3 Collaborate on Largest Project in Shippensburg University History
School Construction News; Nov 17, 2011
Pennsylvania's Shippensburg University will break ground on the first of its three-phase, on-campus housing project — the largest project in the university’s history.
Indiana University Pushes for Green Living in Residence Halls
American School and University; Nov 10, 2011
Describes a program at Indiana University in Bloomington that enables students to have their residence hall rooms certified as “green.” Program specifies 40 criteria that students can review to determine whether their rooms qualify as green. A room must meet at least 20 of the criteria to be certified as green.
The Lap of Luxury
College Planning and Management; , p25-28 ; Nov 2011
Upscale, homey and robust, today's residence hall bathrooms are more than just necessary rooms. Describes how to provide a great bathroom renovation.
Energy Commitments for Green Schools. A Study for Carbon Neutrality: the Impact of Decisions, Design and Energy.
de Angel, Yanel
American School and University; Oct 2011
Transforming decisionmaking processes regarding energy efficiency can affect the design of an education building. Discusses factors affecting the carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint of a building, and describes several steps and considerations required during the design, construction and life cycle of a building to achieve carbon neutrality. Provides a case study of a residence hall at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island.
Building to Student Demand.
Student Housing Business; Aug 10, 2011
Colleges and universities are calling on architects and designers to create quality spaces that enhance student living and build a life experience around the academic and social nature of college. Describes projects at Rutgers University, University of Akron, Shippensburg State University, Dean College, University of Michigan, Baylor, Georgetown, University of Houston, and more.
College Planning and Management; v14 n8 , p27,28,30,31 ; Aug 2011
Profiles Emerson College's Paramount Center, a renovated 1932 movie house that the college converted into a three theatres, a shop, performing arts teaching and office spaces, and dormitory housing for 262 students. Careful attention to the preservation and restoration of historical details is highlighted, as is acoustical attenuation between spaces of different functions.
Privatized Housing: A Market Matures.
College Planning and Management; v14 n7 , p4 ; Jul 2011
Cites the experiences of two universities in fulfilling housing shortages through privately developed housing. Advantages of the agreements and advice to those considering privatized higher education housing are discussed.
Living on Campus: 2011 College Housing Report.
College Planning and Management; v14 n6 , p21,22,24,26,28,30 ; Jun 2011
Describes trends in construction and space use of college residence halls. Tables and graphs are included for cost and size, technologies and amenities, cost per square foot, cost per bed, and median square foot per bed. The report also includes surveys on satisfaction with results and plans for renovations and upgrades in the next five years.
Major Trends in University Residence Halls.
Building Design and Construction; v52 n5 , p24-30,32 ; May 2011
Discusses trends in college dormitory design and amenities. Improved student accommodations are at the forefront of higher education's competition for students. This article highlights mixed-use, amenity-laden, and technologically enabled student residences, as well as advising on partnerships with developers, neighborhood relations, and sustainability.
Eastern Mennonite U Dashboard Educates Residents on Energy Use.
Campus Technology; Mar 30, 2011
Describes how Eastern Mennonite University, a small liberal arts Christian college in Virginia, is making an energy usage dashboard available to the campus residents and visitors for its newest residence hall, a LEED-certifiable dorm.
Rider University West Village Housing.
Design Cost Data; v54 n6 , p46,47 ; Nov-Dec 2010
Profiles this college dormitory that was constructed of structural insulated panels, enabling it te be enclosed in less than a week, and yielding a 17 percent better than code energy performance. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
10 Akron Street.
Architectural Record; v198 n11 , p126-128 ; Nov 2010
Profiles this new Harvard University dormitory whose modern architecture compliments the adjacent three 22-story residential towers. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants accompany the text.
Sustainable Living at Marshall University.
College Planning and Management; v13 n10 , p50,52,54 ; Oct 2010
Describes the early sustainability successes of Marshall University's Department of Housing and Residence Life. A variety of large and small achievements are listed, headed by the saving of $190,000 in utilities costs. Changing resident behavior constitutes another significant sustainability success. Plans for future efforts highlight the Department's intention on becoming a campus leader in sustainable practices.
North Campus Residence Hall, Roger Williams University: Bridging the World.
Building Design and Construction; v51 n5 , p30-32 ; Sep 2010
Profiles this residence halls that offers seven different types of accommodations, from single rooms to 10-person living/learning suites.
Taylor Place: Arizona State University Downtown Student Housing; Committed to the Core.
Building Design and Construction; v51 n5 , p34-36 ; Sep 2010
Profiles this 13-story dormitory built in downtown Phoenix on a very tight site and in only 22 months. Design and construction techniques that facilitated the project are described.
American School and University; v82 n13 , p113-120 ; Aug 2010
Profiles eight winning residence hall projects in the 2010 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
College Residence Dorm.
Design Cost Data; v54 n4 , p34,35 ; Jul-Aug 2010
Profiles this renovation of a 1929 apartment building into a dormitory for Bloomfield College. Bringing the building up to current codes, removal of lead paint and asbestos, and renovation of amenities to modern standards are described. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
No Reservations: Transforming Hotels into Housing.
University Business; Jul 2010
Creating student housing from a hotel requires a clear vision. This describes how to make it happen.
Living on Campus: 2010 College Housing Report.
College Planning and Management; v13 n5 , p22,24-26,28,30,32-34 ; May 2010
Describes trends in construction and space use of college residence halls. Tables and graphs are included for cost and size, technologies and amenities, cost per square Foot, cost per bed, and median square foot per bed. The report also includes surveys on satisfaction with results and plans for renovations and upgrades in the next five years.
ASHRAE Journal; v52 n5 , p20-22,24 ; May 2010
Addresses challenges and solutions for LEED-Silver (New Construction) certification for air conditioning a dormitory that regularly must content with 100-degree F temperatures. Architects and engineers must consider building design, energy efficiency, IAQ and thermal comfort, innovation, operation and maintenance, and cost effectiveness, all within university evolving targets. Follow-up includes instructing students on window use.
Facility Focus: Residence Halls.
College Planning and Management; v13 n3 , p56-58 ; Mar 2010
Profiles three new higher education residence halls, highlighting quality design, sustainable features, and amenities.
The Case for Traditional On-Campus Housing.
Fish, C. Timothy
School Construction News; v16 n2 , p12,13 ; Mar-Apr 2010
Discusses the benefits of traditional on-campus housing, with shared common areas and bathrooms. Student interaction and relationships are enhanced in this scheme, whereas apartment-style rooms tend to promote isolation.
College Planning and Management; v13 n3 , p32,34,36,38 ; Mar 2010
Discusses the involved evolution of residence hall furniture. Pieces found in residence halls today are more home-like than what was used years ago. Expectations for flexibility, privacy, aesthetics, security, and sustainability are described.
Texas Architect; v60 n1 , p38-43 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles a new dormitory with dining facilities and a library addition at Rice University. Thoughtful design by an international team of architects carefully respects the campus master plan. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
Architecture Minnesota; v36 n1 , p34,35,50 ; Jan-Feb 2010
Profiles the Julia A. Sears Residence Hall at Minnesota State University-Mankato. The facility consists of 2-bedroom suites joined by a shared bath to promote socializing. Photographs, plans, and a list of project participants are included.
Facilities Funding Thaws.
Roger Bruszewski; Jung, Sam; Turner, Jeffrey
Business OFficer; Jan 2010
Discusses the trend toward public-private partnerships in higher education construction. Privatized housing is highlighted, as are benefits of federal stimulus funds and the tight bond market. Examples of seven creatively funded capital projects are described.
Get The Picture.
School Construction News; Nov 10, 2009
Using a student housing project at the University of Dallas as an example, this explains how BIM modeling enables facility owners to evaluate costs alongside the construction team of architects and contractors, from the beginning of the project.
St. Edward's University New Residence and Dining Hall.
Architectural Record; Nov 2009
Profiles this student center that includes dormitory rooms for 300 beds, dining halls, a coffee house, and a health center. The design of the New Residence and Dining Hall is based that of a monastery. Both organize small private cells within the context of larger common areas, and both provide a transition from an outside world to an interior space. Several volumes encompass a glazed central interior, forming a canyon of sorts and providing a shared outdoor courtyard. Red glass panels add color to the otherwise monochromatic building. The courtyard connects to common areas, which in turn connect to private residences. Project information and photographs are included.
Facility Focus: Residence Halls.
College Planning and Management; v12 n10 , p52-54 ; Oct 2009
Profiles two new and one remodeled university residence halls. Amenities include study and computer rooms, private bedrooms, attractive common areas, and kitchenettes.
Designing the Healthy Residence Hall.
College Planning and Management; v12 n10 , p22,26,28 ; Oct 2009
Discusses the importance of natural light, ventilation, ability to control one's environment, and a residential feel to successful dormitory design.
Living and Learning in a Sustainable Community.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 , p28-30,32 ; Sep 2009
Profiles The Commons at Vanderbilt University. The 300,000 square foot residential village consists of five new residence halls and five renovated ones, along with a freestanding dining facility. Each hall contains at least one classroom and a faculty apartment, along with music practice rooms and student amenities. The exteriors carefully match the historic campus architecture. Abundant sustainability features include extensive recycled content and extra insulation. Project statistics, a list of design and construction participants, and list of materials used are included.
Clearing the High-Rise Challenge.
Environmental Design and Construction; v12 n9 ; Sep 2009
Describes the University of Hawaii's new 12-story dormitory, with sub-metered air conditioning that can be charged back to the students. Specifications of the HVAC system are included.
American School and University; v81 n13 , p114-119 ; Aug 2009
Profiles six higher education residential facilities selected for the 2009 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. The projects were chosen for their ability to integrate current and future technology, innovative use of materials, life-cycle cost versus first cost, timelessness, safety and security, clarity of design concept, and accommodation of an enhanced educational mission. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each project.
Conveniences of Home: Campus Kitchens and Laundry Rooms.
College Planning and Management; v12 n8 , p31,32 ; Aug 2009
Reviews trends in dormitory laundry room placement, with these facilities migrating for convenience to each floor from the traditional central facility. Lightly equipped kitchens in dormitories are increasing in frequency, but frequently without stoves and cooktops due to safety reasons.
Rolling Hills Graduate Student Housing, Nova Southeastern University.
Design Cost Data; v53 n4 , p26,27 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Profiles this Florida dormitory that was built up from the original tunnel form shells of a previous golf resort building. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Texas Architect; v59 n4 , p54-59 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Profiles this new St. Edward's University residential village, consisting of dormitories housing student services on the ground floors, designed by internationally renowned architects.
$5.7 Million Residence Hall Achieves LEED Gold Certification.
School Construction News; v12 n5 , p12,13 ; Jul-Aug 2009
Profiles a new 176-bed dormitory at Mount Holyoke College that achieved LEED Gold certification. Notable features are solar hot water, high recycled building content, 90% recycling of construction waste, and cork/bamboo flooring.
Piecing it Together.
College Planning and Management; v12 n7 , p37-39 ; Jul 2009
Discusses the use of insulated concrete forms and modular units in higher education construction. The advantages to energy efficiency, construction speed, and cost are cited, along with an example of a modular-built dormitory at the University of Scranton.
20th Annual Residence Hall Construction Report.
American School and University; v81 n11 , p24-27 ; Jun 2009
Presents data from American School & University's 18th Annual Residence Hall Construction Report, illustrating building size and cost data, costs per square foot, and typical amenities included. Charts illustrate the demographics of dormitory residents and how new residence hall construction was funded.
The Lowdon on Residence Hall Flooring.
College Planning and Management; v12 n6 , p25,26,28,30 ; Jun 2009
Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of carpet, vinyl, linoleum, and epoxy flooring in dormitory halls and rooms. The strategy of leaving rooms as simple as possible to allow for student decorating is encouraged.
Olsen Hall, Nichols College.
Design Cost Data; v53 n3 , p28,29 ; May 2009
Profiles the renovation of this college's oldest dormitory into its most desirable one. Replaced windows, creation of false walls for insulation, new interior finishes, and bathroom remodeling are described. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Living on Campus: 2009 College Housing Report.
College Planning and Management; v12 n5 , p20,22,24,26,27 ; May 2009
Reports on college housing construction in 2008, illustrating a decline in the cost per square foot and per bed of new construction. Tables illustrate costs and sizes for new residence halls, square footage per bed, as well as typical features and amenities.
Dormitories Bring Nothing but Trouble.
Ritschel, Robert E.
Chronicle of Higher Education; v55 n29 , pB20 ; Mar 2009
Advocates of campus housing at community colleges suggest that dorms are an effective means of replicating a full college experience at a lower price. In the author's opinion, community colleges should focus on the transfer, technical education, and work-force needs of the community, not attempt to be knockoffs of more-prestigious four-year institutions. The author offers a few examples of his own experiences with dorms at a community college to illustrate that building dorms at community colleges bring nothing but trouble.
New Residence Hall, Suffield Academy.
Design Cost Data; v53 n1 , p36,37 ; Jan-Feb 2009
Profiles this Suffield, Connecticut, facility at a boarding school. The accommodations consists of double student bedrooms, two apartments for faculty, and a campus health center. Building statistics, a list of the project participants, cost details, a floor plan, and photographs are included.
Off-Campus Fire Safety.
Doors and Hardware; v73 n1 , p30-33 ; Jan 2009
Discusses how Wesleyan University provides fire safety for its 130 "program" houses in which seniors with like interests live. This included installation of sprinkler systems, new fire alarms, and carbon monoxide detectors. Challenges included an absence of architectural drawings, the ages of the houses, and conserving aesthetics.
Aftermath: Alpha Chi Omega Sorority.
Iowa Architect; 09:269 , p22,23 ; Jan 2009
Profiles this new University of Iowa sorority house that was built after a tornado destroyed the original. The architectural style, improvements in accommodations and amenities, and reuse of some materials from the destroyed structure are cited.
Students in My Backyard: Housing at the Campus Edge and Other Emerging Trends in Residential Development.
Martin, John; Allen, Mark
Planning for Higher Education; v37 n2 , p26-33 ; Jan 2009
Examines the high stakes for universities and colleges in campus housing provision. From competing for prospective students and environmental bragging rights to contesting for space on the typical campus, institutions face a fundamentally different landscape than they did when housing previous generations of students. A national sampling of student residential projects and housing data is examined to provide some indication of emerging trends. Examples of recent campus housing developments illustrate the text. Universities and colleges are increasingly looking to the campus edge, will challenge themselves to build sustainably, and will partner or compete with private developers in a variety of contexts. These emerging trends are set against the already-established trend that finds students experiencing and expecting more luxurious accommodations than were once typical. Includes 11 references.