Spring Residence Hall
Project of Distinction 2017 Education Design Showcase
Facility Use: 4-Year Institution
Project Type: New Construction
Category: Residence Halls
Location: St. Louis, MO
District/Inst.: Saint Louis University
Chief Administrator: Jill Carnaghi, Ph.D., assistant VP for Student Development
Completion Date: August 2016
Gross Area: 153,000 sq. ft.
Area Per Student: 337 sq. ft.
Site Size: 1.03 acres
Current Enrollment: 12,914 students
Capacity: 454 students
Cost per Student: $96,476
Cost per Sq. Ft.: $286
Total Cost: $43,800,000
Saint Louis University engaged Hastings+Chivetta to design two new student housing facilities—the 454-bed Spring Hall and the recently completed 528-bed Grand Hall. Spring Hall is designed for first- and second-year students, and houses two Learning Communities—the Leadership for Social Change Community and the Honors Learning Community.
A range of amenities support a collaborative student lifestyle, with a focus on integrating academics and student life. A chapel, community kitchen, and community living room encourage students to share their spiritual and cultural traditions. Sun-filled lounges and study rooms are located on each floor, most with expansive views to the surrounding city. Student organizations are making use of conference rooms and classrooms equipped with teleconferencing technology. Students wishing to practice an instrument can use one of two acoustically isolated practice rooms.
The exterior building materials are designed to harmonize with Saint Louis University’s historic context. The façade incorporates brick with cast stone that mimics the limestone prevalent on campus. A large outdoor courtyard creates a central gathering space for students, and includes a “front porch” with a pergola, fire pits, and integrated benches. An outdoor television and sound system surrounded by tiered seating can be used for both classes and resident movie nights.
Exterior space is agreeably designed. The interior and exterior hang well together, spaces are flexible. A nice project.
JAMES CAPPS, AIA, LEED-AP, PRINCIPAL-IN-CHARGE