November 14, 2023
The Brown University Brook Street Residence Halls have been published in Architectural Record’s Colleges & Universities November issue. Born out of an institutional goal to expand on-campus housing options for undergraduates, the 125,500 SF residence halls add 353 beds and an improved public pedestrian experience along an important north-south corridor in Providence’s East Side. The two halls’ materials, scale, and shapes, all take cues from and strengthen the connections between existing campus buildings, and the Fox Point neighborhood.
Behind the scenes, the project’s all-electric, high-performance design employs a hybrid steel and cross-laminated timber structure to minimize the environmental impact of both the residence hall and the construction process. It contributes to the university’s de-carbonization pledge of cutting campus greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2040.
“Making these buildings broadly accessible and sustainable was our goal from the beginning – generous paths, lots of places to sit, integrated landscapes with bio-swales and raingardens, mass-timber, and no fossil fuels. It was about creating an inviting place that is deeply sustainable and encourages community for the long haul.”
– Noah Biklen, Senior Principal