JMU Hoffman Residence Hall Architecture & Design
JMU Hoffman Residence Hall Architecture & Design

James Madison University is approaching the end of a comprehensive program to renovate all of its older resident halls in proximity to the Quad. Hoffman Hall is one of the last in the bluestone renovations at JMU and in July, 2004, VMDO Architects began work on reviving this 1960’s era residence hall.

Originally constructed as a women’s residence hall, Hoffman Hall has 166 beds and long, stark hallways with rooms located on either side of the corridor. The current renovation includes plans to remove the entire interior while modernizing spaces. In addition to renovating the existing double rooms that share a bathroom, a generous array of expanded support spaces desired by students will be created to strengthen the residence life program.

James Madison University is approaching the end of a comprehensive program to renovate all of its older resident halls in proximity to the Quad. Hoffman Hall is one of the last in the bluestone renovations at JMU and in July, 2004, VMDO Architects began work on reviving this 1960’s era residence hall.

Originally constructed as a women’s residence hall, Hoffman Hall has 166 beds and long, stark hallways with rooms located on either side of the corridor. The current renovation includes plans to remove the entire interior while modernizing spaces. In addition to renovating the existing double rooms that share a bathroom, a generous array of expanded support spaces desired by students will be created to strengthen the residence life program.

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A private study lounge will be designed for each floor level, and for the main floor where the “public spaces” are located, a new recreational room, more formal lounge, and improved laundry facilities will be added. Attention will also be given to the basement, where a classroom, large group study area and other service spaces will be located. Hoffman Hall will be completely modernized with new M/E/P and fire protection systems and upgrades for computer, telephone, and cable television technology. The front facade of the one-story building will be clad in honed bluestone to better integrate it with the surrounding Bluestone Buildings. In addition, VMDO Architects is creating a new plaza in front of the building that acts as the terminus to one of the main pedestrian paths traversing campus. The plaza will become an inviting and memorable place to meet family and friends or simply wait for the bus. A new two-story porch will also be added to Hoffman Hall to give the building character, offer shelter, and provide a prominent backdrop to the statue of James Madison. Inside, VMDO Architects will introduce some new, durable, environmentally sensitive materials, such as bamboo and cork flooring to add warmth.

These student-centered renovations—additional study, social gathering, dining, and recreational spaces—promise to make student life at Hoffman Hall a more satisfying experience for years to come.

A private study lounge will be designed for each floor level, and for the main floor where the “public spaces” are located, a new recreational room, more formal lounge, and improved laundry facilities will be added. Attention will also be given to the basement, where a classroom, large group study area and other service spaces will be located. Hoffman Hall will be completely modernized with new M/E/P and fire protection systems and upgrades for computer, telephone, and cable television technology. The front facade of the one-story building will be clad in honed bluestone to better integrate it with the surrounding Bluestone Buildings. In addition, VMDO Architects is creating a new plaza in front of the building that acts as the terminus to one of the main pedestrian paths traversing campus. The plaza will become an inviting and memorable place to meet family and friends or simply wait for the bus. A new two-story porch will also be added to Hoffman Hall to give the building character, offer shelter, and provide a prominent backdrop to the statue of James Madison. Inside, VMDO Architects will introduce some new, durable, environmentally sensitive materials, such as bamboo and cork flooring to add warmth.

These student-centered renovations—additional study, social gathering, dining, and recreational spaces—promise to make student life at Hoffman Hall a more satisfying experience for years to come.

JMU Architecture and Design
JMU Architecture and Design
JMU Architecture and Design

Client: James Madison University

Location: Harrisonburg, VA

Discipline: Residence Life

Completion: 2008

Size: 39,341 SF Renovation