Clarkson University, Moore House
Potsdam, New York
Located near the student center and the academic core, Moore House represents the renewal of residence life at a key location within the campus fabric. Moore House at Clarkson University is a substantial renovation and expansion of a 1961 residence hall. Originally built as a flat-roof, 148-bed residence hall, Clarkson wanted to transform the building with not only more beds, but also as a conference center destination on campus. The renovation and expansion provides 279-beds in suites, double-bed, and single-bed unit types.
The design focuses on a central gable approach to the entry with smaller dormers on the upper level that provide unique character into the upper level suites. On the north side of the building opposite the entry is the pavilion, an Adirondack-style open space that can double as lounge and study space, or meeting space. The fireplace in the pavilion recalls the fireplaces in the new student center, complete with the university seal and Clarkson sandstone. The entry sequence, pavilion, conference space, and range in residence life unit types creates a conference center for the growing campus community.