East Ridge Residence Hall Concept
Residential and student life spaces that drive recruitment and increase retention
The team of Hastings+Chivetta and Harvard Jolly Architecture was selected to design concepts for the new East Ridge Residence Hall for the University of North Florida.
The 500-bed residence hall will expand UNF’s East Ridge Residential corridor to accommodate a growing student body.
The design composes the four stories of living spaces into two L-shaped buildings above the first floor which contain public spaces like meeting rooms, academic space, food service and offices. The orientation of the living spaces is driven to minimize solar gain and take advantage of views to wetlands and the main campus beyond. The public spaces on the lower level are designed to facilitate movement through the building and connect the various entry points. The walkways are covered to provide shelter from frequent rain and sun and to create a pathway along the wetlands as future development continues.
The residence hall project may also incorporate student living trends including sustainable living, living/learning communities, wellness communities, group study, collaborative lifestyles as well as barrier-free and non-traditional accommodations.