Longwood University hired VMDO to modernize Wheeler Hall and to help the university compete with off-campus housing options and peer institutions.

Longwood University’s Wheeler Residence Hall was built in the 1960’s. By the turn of the century, the building was in desperate need of significant renovation. Longwood University hired VMDO to modernize Wheeler Hall and to help the university compete with off-campus housing options and peer institutions.

The scope of the Wheeler Hall renovations included a complete systems replacement as well as up-grades to interior finishes. VMDO Architects also focused on improving the quality of common spaces as a means of fostering community and student interaction in the residence hall. Opening up the buildings’ ground floor created views to the outside from each of the circulation and common spaces of the building. An influx of natural light and views shapes appealing spaces for group study, collaboration, and socialization - activities that were formerly relegated to spaces behind the solid doors of a windowless corridor. Similar efforts to improve laundry, kitchens, and accessibility, and to incorporate attractive spaces for poster and announcement display have made the building a more comfortable home for students.

Longwood University’s Wheeler Residence Hall was built in the 1960’s. By the turn of the century, the building was in desperate need of significant renovation. Longwood University hired VMDO to modernize Wheeler Hall and to help the university compete with off-campus housing options and peer institutions.

The scope of the Wheeler Hall renovations included a complete systems replacement as well as up-grades to interior finishes. VMDO Architects also focused on improving the quality of common spaces as a means of fostering community and student interaction in the residence hall. Opening up the buildings’ ground floor created views to the outside from each of the circulation and common spaces of the building. An influx of natural light and views shapes appealing spaces for group study, collaboration, and socialization - activities that were formerly relegated to spaces behind the solid doors of a windowless corridor. Similar efforts to improve laundry, kitchens, and accessibility, and to incorporate attractive spaces for poster and announcement display have made the building a more comfortable home for students.

Longwood University hired VMDO to modernize Wheeler Hall and to help the university compete with off-campus housing options and peer institutions.
Longwood University hired VMDO to modernize Wheeler Hall and to help the university compete with off-campus housing options and peer institutions.
The scope of the Wheeler Hall renovations included a complete systems replacement as well as up-grades to interior finishes.
VMDO Architects also focused on improving the quality of common spaces as a means of fostering community and student interaction in the residence hall.
VMDO Architects also focused on improving the quality of common spaces as a means of fostering community and student interaction in the residence hall.

Client: Longwood University

Location: Farmville, VA

Discipline: Residence Life

Completion: 2007

Size: 42,646 SF