Virgil Michel Residence Hall
Collegeville, Minnesota

This residence hall was completed in 1992 and provided suite and apartment style living units for the campus. The first two levels consist of four apartments on each floor accommodating four students. The apartments have two students per bedroom and study area with a toilet room in each apartment. The third level contains two apartments for four and two suites for five students. The structure accommodates fifty students. In the early 1990’s the University perceived the demand by students for more apartment style living rather than traditional dormitories. The program for this building was a response to that student preference and expectation. At this point in time, the idea of traditional dormitory design became antiquated at St. John’s University.

The design for this new residence hall had unique contextual requirements. The location among the Marcel Breuer traditional dormitories required careful consideration of context and design. Since the program required a different massing and fenestration, our design concept was to use the same materials to achieve an appropriate contextual design response.