Housing Replacement Initiative
West Chester University | West Chester, Pennsylvania
West Chester University envisioned a ten-year, seven-phase build out to construct a new, 3,200-bed student housing complex, which would replace their aging 1960’s dorms.
After engaging VMA, we were able to develop a condensed plan truncated to consist of three phases over five-years. Our plan also offered significant savings while still meeting the university’s desire to take cues from the historic core campus architecture.
Phase I provided 1,258 beds through construction of two seven-story buildings: Allegheny and Brandywine Halls. Phase II provided 653 beds through construction of a third building: Commonwealth Hall. Brick and cast stone define the aesthetic of each building while the configuration creates defined outdoor courtyards filled with student activity spaces. Inside, the main floor of each building features a student lounge and common area, including a small theater. Each floor contains two study lounges and laundry facilities. Lastly, apartments for visiting faculty include kitchenettes, living rooms, spacious bedrooms, and full baths. Each building also has its own fitness center and Commonwealth Hall houses a student wellness center open to all members of the WCU community.
This project was a public-private partnership between Education Realty Trust and the West Chester University Foundation. It was completed in association with WTW Architects.
Size: 563,000 sf
Budget: $121 million
Architecture, Planning, Landscape