Charleston Southern University chose McMillan Pazdan Smith to lead the planning and design of their newest on-campus residence hall — the first new housing building in more than three decades. As enrollment had grown in the last five years with more students enrolling from outside the local area, the university required additional housing onsite. Several students were living in one, on-campus hotel, managed by the university, and many others were living in nearby hotels.
Working within tight budget parameters to meet an ambitious design schedule, our team designed the three-story building to be highly cost-effective. The layout for Phase I contains 205 beds arranged in a double-sleeping room, semi-suite configuration, including an accessible unit on each floor. The first floor also features a Resident Learning Community apartment and a 40-person conference room.
Built on a 4-acre site at 51,000 SF, the project completed in March 2019.