The new 80,000 SF residence hall for Mercer University has a brick façade that contextually blends with the modern gothic style prevalent across the Mercer campus. The hall houses the freshman class with 306 beds and community bathrooms. Included in the design are several common areas, a living room, lounges, a kitchen, and study rooms. Study areas are placed strategically throughout the corridors and ample glass throughout the facility provides natural daylit common areas. A large public courtyard in front of the facility provides social gathering space for students and guests, while the private courtyard in back allows for more personal and individual collaboration.
One challenge for the project was reorganizing the parking area and reworking the site to incorporate the facility as a residential part of the campus. In conjunction with planner and landscape architects HGOR, McMillan Pazdan Smith created a phased master plan to connect the residence hall with the central campus.
Legacy Hall opened in July 2016.