Allegheny, Brandywine and Commonwealth Halls, West Chester University | West Chester, Pennsylvania
Replacing aged student housing, these three new dormitories have imbued a sense of liveliness back into the campus. With the structures completed in several phases and featuring varying amenities, the dormitories have individual senses of community and character. A contextual response in terms of style and façade, the dormitories reaching into the sky feel at place. Several architectural devices were utilized to visually shorten the horizontal facades with vertical bands of contrasting material on extruding bays, as well as height with a rusticated stone water table on the first level before stepping back into brick above. Working to weave the new dormitories into each other and existing campus, the buildings were sited to create a series of quadrangles. The project was a public-private partnership between Education Reality Trust and the West Chester University Foundation.
Budget: $121 million
380,000 sf new construction Phase I
182, 900 sf new construction Phase II
1,911 new beds
In association with WTW Architects