Plymouth State University, Merrill Place
Plymouth, New Hampshire
Square Footage: 95,000
Improving the on-campus experience is vital to developing social culture and to recruiting students. For the first time in 10 years, Plymouth State has increased the amount of residence life to address an increase in student enrollment. With growth comes a physical and positive change to the campus context. The Merrill Place project included two main programs – a residential living community and a multipurpose event space – which influenced the framework of the building relative to streetscape.
The sizes of residential communities at Plymouth State are typically no larger than 350 to promote the scale of campus. For this project, the 348-bed residential program was organized with all of the student residences on the upper levels and the common spaces on the ground level. The residential units have two typologies – hotel style and semi-suites – with double-occupancy in all rooms. These unit types exist successfully on campus for upper division students.
The event program is a new venue that will provide a new campus asset and enable the university to gain added revenue in the summer for conferences. The physical structure for the event program provides a lower scale buffer between the residential tower and the abutting small scale of buildings to the north.