University of Bridgeport – University Hall

Location: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Area: 60,000 Square Feet
Completion: August 2016

In 2006, Antinozzi Associates prepared a feasibility study for the University of Bridgeport to convert the 10-story Schine Residence Hall (built in 1975) from a traditional dormitory plan into a contemporary residential facility.

Four schemes were developed to illustrate a variety of living/learning configurations. Though the schemes successfully transitioned the isolated three and four bedroom plans with integrated common study and social interactive areas, cost factors per number of beds needed for future student growth required the University to consider building a new residence hall.

The new design, matching the Victorian-era building vernacular on campus, is a four-story facility accommodating 231 students in 126 suites and traditional bedrooms units on a .86 acre site. University Hall comprises all of today’s amenities which include a study area, activity room, conference area, three game rooms with adjacent lounge, laundry room, community kitchen, mailroom, and administrative offices. In addition to the traditional double rooms, the residence hall has apartment–style suites containing single bedrooms, private bathrooms, a full living room, and kitchen for both undergraduate and graduate students.

This $17M project included the demolition of the existing Schine Hall in April 2015 to make room for a 100 space parking lot on the 1.31 acre parcel.

Construction began in May 2015 and was completed in August 2016.