Riverside Residence Halls

Date Completed: 2005

Sq. Footage: 391,200

The Riverside Residence Halls accommodate 967 beds. The facilities are three, four-story buildings of 391,200 total GSF arranged around a courtyard. The architectural style of the buildings is complementary to the largely Georgian campus buildings. There is a community building centrally located and acting as the main entrance to the Residence Halls complex.

This building is two-story of 8,678 GSF and features a large living room area, game room, TV room, snack bar, kitchenette, bathroom facilities, offices, storage and an outdoor pool area. A pedestrian bridge connects the entrance plaza of the Community Building to the new roundabout at the termination of 7th Avenue. This bridge spans the newly realigned portion of Hackberry Lane, which connects to McCorvey Drive, and is located at the south edge of the site. The new Riverside Road is a main thoroughfare through campus.

In addition to the outdoor pool area, the landscaped courtyard of the site also includes sidewalks, a 400 SF pavilion and two smaller pavilions at 170 SF each. A small amphitheater is formed at the north edge of the courtyard by contours in the grass, steps in the sidewalk, and a concrete stage area at the base of the hill. There is also a 700 SF building to house the fire pump for the entire complex; it is located on the northwest side of the north residence hall. The residence halls were designed in an “apartment-style” format with generous common areas for studying and resident interaction.

The program for the Residence Halls called for single occupancy bedrooms. 205 of the units are four-bedrooms suites, with a shared living room, a kitchenette and bathroom facilities. 45 of the units are two-bedroom suites, also with a shared living room, kitchenette and bathroom. Each resident has their own closet located within their bedroom, and each suite shares an additional closet accessible from the corridor. Each hall also has individual single bedroom suites designed for resident assistants, hall directors and upperclassmen. There are accessible units available in each of the suite configurations to accommodate students with disabilities. All of the units and the corridors are carpeted to provide an attractive and welcoming living space as well as to supply additional sound buffering between the floors.

Each floor has shared common lounge spaces and study rooms, and either a community kitchen or laundry room, which are located on alternating floors. Each building also includes a computer lab and a vending area, as well as a faculty director’s residence.