Des Places Hall, Duquesne University
Committed to continual improvement of on campus student living options, Duquesne University replaced an outdated building with this twelve-story, 131,000 square foot residence hall on central campus. Unit configurations can be changed between semi-suite and full suite arrangements based on demand.
Student engagement is encouraged with large multipurpose lounges and laundry/study rooms on each floor with broad vistas of campus. A twelfth floor meeting complex provides commanding views of the city beyond.
Materials from the demolition of the existing building were sustainably incorporated into the final building and on-site sports field reconstruction. Rooftop solar panels, low infiltration highly insulated exterior walls, high efficiency lighting, and extensive bike storage are important sustainable features of the project.