Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
Residential and dining complex reinforces important campus pathway
This major, new residence hall and dining facility addresses the university’s need for more student housing due to a dramatic increase in enrollment. Our design accommodates 400 beds for upperclassmen as well or a new 625-seat dining facility. The project defines a primary student pathway between the residential and academic portions of this hilly campus.
This significant student life building serves mixed-uses: housing, dining for the entire campus, health services, and residential-life offices.
- By positioning the building on a sloped site, our design deftly integrates and conceals the loading dock, minimizing its impact on this important campus area.
- The segmented footprint of our building design keeps the massing from appearing over-scaled.
- Integral window shading devices help reduce cooling demand.
- Fully-glazed ground floor places the building's activities on view, activating the outdoor pathway.