Colgate University, Residential Learning Communities
Hamilton, New york
Adapting existing buildings to a new paradigm is an important tangible step toward relating mission and place in the physical context. Colgate University is implementing a Residential Learning Community (RLC) concept for first-year and second-year students at the historic campus core. By adapting to Residential Learning Communities, the buildings will need to focus the unit type to be more specific to the students' class year. First-year students will have a majority of double-bedrooms and second-year students will have a majority of 4-bed suites.
The existing residence halls in the project scope – East, West, Andrews, and Stillman – have over 500 beds, and they will expand by over 400 beds to meet the target capacity for three RLCs. Each of the three developed RLCs will be the combination of an existing building connected to a new modern building that respects the heritage of the Colgate campus. The RLCs are each intended to have a unique identity that students will connect with during their time on campus.
The amount of and type of common space in each RLC will focus on study needs and learning outside the classroom. Each RLC will have a mix of study rooms, lounges, classrooms, multipurpose rooms, office space, staff living space, and common kitchen and laundry facilities.