Student housing design award

Colorado Mesa University’s Garfield Residence Hall was featured in Learning By Design’s Architectural Design Showcase as a 2016 Outstanding Project.

CMU’s Housing Demand Study identified that 40% of students would be willing to live in traditional dorms. This option had been overlooked previously and on-campus options only included apartments, suites and semi-suites. This provided an opportunity to expand housing efficiently using high-density traditional dorm design.

Garfield Residence Complex is a traditional dorm-style student housing design built over multiple phases to house 1,100 beds. Garfield hall efficiently increases the number of beds available on this rapidly growing campus. Bedrooms are double occupancy, and each floor houses 48 students, plus two resident assistants. Gathering spaces are plentiful, placed on each wing of each floor, and every floor provides a larger community space including a full kitchen and decks to encourage connection to the outdoors.