Housing Replacement Initiative
West Chester University | West Chester, Pennsylvania
The university had envisioned a ten-year, seven-phase buildout to replace aging 1960’s dormitories with a new 3,200-bed complex. After engaging VMA in its design, our team was able to develop a condensed plan truncated to three phases over five years that offered significant savings.
Phase I was the construction of Allegheny and Brandywine Halls, which provided 1,258 beds within two seven-story buildings. Phase II encompassed a third building, Commonwealth Hall, which provided 653 additional beds. The aesthetic of each building, with brick and cast stone exterior walls, take cues from the historic core campus architecture. The configuration of the buildings on site created defined outdoor courtyards filled with student activity spaces.
The main floor of each building features a student lounge and common area including a small theater. Commonwealth Hall also houses a student wellness center. Each building has its own fitness center, and each floor has two study lounges and laundry facilities. Apartments for visiting faculty include kitchenettes, living rooms, spacious bedrooms, and full baths.
The project was a public-private partnership between Education Reality 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