Dolan Hall

Fairfield University : Fairfield, CT

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Fairfield University : Fairfield, CT

The University engaged us to develop a residential facilities master plan to achieve their mission and strategic vision for undergraduate residential life, including: meeting the challenges associated with growth; identifying ways to improve eight existing residential halls and to replace 15 wood-frame townhouses (500 beds) with more durable and useful residences (800 beds); and developing a road map for implementation.

In addition to Dolan Hall Renovations, Newman Architects was engaged to design the New Village Apartments and renovations of St. Ignatius House.

The new design provides Dolan Hall with open-plan independent living for junior and seniors in four, six, and eight-bed apartments, each with kitchen and bathroom. The transformation also creates abundant social common spaces for large and small group gatherings. The Newman Architects plan transforms Dolan Hall inside and out, providing a major change from the existing double-loaded corridor plan to apartment suites for juniors and seniors. The renovation provides a complete upgrade of Dolan’s interior architecture, furniture and finishes, and mechanical and electrical systems. The exterior envelope was restored, providing new windows, lintels, gutters and flashings, and a new roof.