McLendon Hall, Drew University | Madison, New Jersey
On the edge of a woodland grove, the V-shaped footprint of the dormitory allowed for maximization of scenic and tranquil views from as many student rooms as possible. A building of six stories, efforts were taken to visually shorten the structure and work the dormitory into the existing campus materially. The façade was broken into three bands, each featuring different brick colors and patterns with a diamond pattern on the upper level as seen across campus. Oversize windows topped with pointed arches make reference to the collegiate gothic style found in the older buildings on Drew’s campus. These windows simultaneously create unique spaces on the interior with generous views out to the treetops. The environmentally sensitive design approach informs the interior, with high-efficient systems and regionally sourced materials.
Size: 53,000 sf
Budget: $13 million
LEED Silver Certified
Green Building of America Award, Northeast Real Estate and Construction Review, 2009