Wesleyan University : Middletown, CT
This Design/Build residence hall project includes two new, 3-story, LEED-certified residential buildings. The lobby entry in each residence hall is a social hub of the building, positioned in direct proximity to primary lounges, laundry, vending and vertical circulation.Sightlines from lobbies and lounges engage with courtyards, the principle green spaces of each building. The freshman building has space for 166 students in 80 double rooms and five single rooms, with one area director apartment. The upper class building has space for 108 students in 20 five-person suites and 2 two-person suites, with two Residential Advisor suites. Each building has an array of common support spaces for social interchange and utilitarian needs. In the freshman hall, balconies on upper floors provide visual communication and natural light between the main social gathering spaces—the primary lounge and the lobby on the first floor. The “low rise” nature of the buildings promotes active use of the main communicating stairs, which also serve as socializing areas of horizontal circulation. Among the green building concepts included in the design were the incorporation of natural daylight to reduce energy requirements, energy efficiency of materials and systems, resourceful waste management, the use of recycled materials in construction, and bicycle storage areas to encourage alternative transportation.
Design-Builder: KBE Building Corporation
Honor Award, Built Category
American Institute of Architects/Connecticut
Project Team Award
Connecticut Building Council, 2006