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t his rendering, with the noble center at the bottom of the image, shows the eastern side of the
new residence hall, with new green space to its right.
New Residence Hall Taking Shape
After months of planning, discus-
sions and architectural studies,
St. Lawrence was scheduled to
begin building a new residence hall
near the center of campus later this
month. The University is raising
private funds to pay for the hall's
construction, which is expected to
be completed by fall 2014.
The 150-bed residence hall is
going up on the road and parking
lot between the Noble Center and
the Quad, closer to the south end
of the lot to keep the entrance to
the Gulick Theatre visible from the
The 45,000-square-foot residence
hall will be a multi-level three- and
four-story building with meeting
space in a glass bridge commons
area connecting the two sections
of the building, and will likely in-
clude a café on the first floor. The
University also is looking at using
geothermal energy to heat and cool
the building.
Other planned features:
Stone exterior; metal standing
seam roof
• 81
total rooms (18 singles; 52
doubles; 11 triples)
More than 30 rooms with a
view of the Quad
• 10
informal common spaces (not
including the bridge commons)
Portal with a view of the Quad from
the Noble Center
Water-saving fixtures; high-efficiency
heating and cooling systems; heat-
recovery system; other sustainability
A landscaped walkway between the
Noble Center and the new residence
hall will provide an open-air space for
gathering and for showcasing artwork.
Landscaping to the north of the new
building will replace pavement and add
green space.
As announced in December, the Board
of Trustees approved the general loca-
tion based on the recommendations
of the University’s recently completed
Facilities Master Plan and a 17-mem-
ber committee that included students,
faculty, staff and alumni.
The project’s architect, McKinney
MacDonald Architects (formerly Sacco
McKinney), of Latham, N.Y., worked
closely with students, Residence Life,
Facilities Operations and others on
campus to refine the design.
The general contractor,
Northland Associates,
of Liverpool, N.Y., has
worked on several cam-
pus projects, including
the Johnson Hall of
Science, the Sullivan
Student Center and
the Peterson-Kermani
Performance Hall.
St. Lawrence is fund-
ing the project entirely
with private gifts. As of
April 1, the University
had raised more than
$4.3 million to pay for the construc-
tion, which is expected to cost about
$12 million. The Class of 2013 kicked
off this focused fundraising effort by
pledging its senior class gift to support
the project (see page 13).
In addition to calling for a new resi-
dence hall, the Facilities Master Plan
outlines a schedule for improvements to
existing campus buildings. The Univer-
sity has plans for renovations and up-
grades to other student residences to be
completed before the fall 2013 semester.
For updates on the new residence hall,
t his view from the noble center looks through the glass bridge portal and
commons area of the new residence hall across the Quad toward the chapel.
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