Carnegie Mellon University
Forbes and Beeler Residence Hall
Designed to be an attractive alternative to off-campus housing, this residence hall is home to apartment-style suites and a rich assortment of amenities that serve the building, campus, and neighborhood.
A welcoming campus home, a new eastern gateway to campus
Located at a prominent intersection adjacent to a residential neighborhood, the design seamlessly blends with its urban surroundings, offering a vibrant and inviting gateway to Carnegie Mellon’s campus. The project’s primary objectives are to establish a cozy and welcoming environment for undergraduate students. A neighborhood market on the ground level encourages connection with the Squirrel Hill community, providing a valuable amenity in a food desert.
Designed for students, by students
Student engagement was a critical part of the programming process, helping the design team to identify preferences for shared spaces. What we heard loud and clear: students were happy to share a living and dining room with a large group, but for a kitchen and a bathroom, they strongly preferred sharing with a group of four. The resulting design provides eight-person suites with a generous, shared living and dining room, but with two kitchens and bathrooms per suite.
Building envelope air infiltration rate, which is comparable to Passive House standards
SF grocery retail market that serves the building, campus, and greater Squirrel Hill community
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