McLendon Hall

Drew University | Madison, New Jersey

Drew University sought a new residence hall that would maximize its site on the edge of a woodland grove with a design response that would reaffirm a strong institutional commitment to sustainability. VMA’s design for the project also took into account the goal to seamlessly blend the structure into the existing campus context and the Collegiate Gothic style found in the campus’ older buildings.

The L-shaped footprint for the dormitory allowed us to provide scenic and tranquil views from many rooms. Oversize windows, topped with pointed arches reflect Drew architecture while simultaneously creating unique spaces on the interior with generous vistas. The design also utilizes a highly-efficient building envelope and glazing distribution to minimize HVAC loads. A “green” screen displays the continuous  monitoring of energy production and water use as well as data output from energy meters and PV panels. And, 30 geothermal wells supplement the heating and cooling, while the design incorporated many regionally extracted, harvested, and manufactured materials from within 500 miles of the site.


LEED Silver Certified
Northeast Real Estate and Construction Review, Green Building of America Award, 2009

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Size: 53,000 sf
Budget: $13 million


Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape, Sustainability

McLendon Hall

Drew University | Madison, New Jersey

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