Graham Residence Hall
Santa Clara University
WR&D Architects worked in collaboration with Hallmark Construction on Santa Clara University's new student housing facility, Graham Hall. The 125,000 square foot building accommodates 350 students and housing for University staff as well. The project has a strong focus on sustainability, and in fact incorporates recycled materials from 96 percent of the buildings that were previously on its site. It was named a Best Green Project Finalist in the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal's 2012 Structures Awards.
The project features common areas and maximizes the use of green space around the building, integrating the new landscaping with existing landscaping around an adjacent Commons. Design elements feature the abundant use of natural light, courtyards with green space, high ceilings in common areas, glass walls where appropriate, and a general feeling of openness that fosters a sense of community and ease of access. The University is seeking LEED® Gold Certification for the recently completed project.
For this residence hall project, Wald, Ruhnke & Dost Architects served as the production architect, and BAR Architects served as the design architect.