By removing an existing floor, VMDO designed a new two-story lounge space at the north end of each building. The new commons creates a remarkably open gathering space that is at once open and light-filled as well as private and removed.

Built on the historic Quad, Bolling, Draper, and Pocahontas Halls are pivotal in shaping the quintessential Radford University residential experience. As part of their complete renovation, VMDO carved an ambitious configuration of new public spaces into the buildings.

By removing an existing floor, VMDO designed a new two-story lounge space at the north end of each building. The new commons creates a remarkably open gathering space that is at once open and light-filled as well as private and removed. On the upper floors, removing an expanse of the exterior brick allows a new full-height curtain wall to provide ample light and views to new floor lounges.

Attention to the buildings’ residential units creates new living spaces that are fine-tuned to Radford students’ needs. By transforming the standard semi-suite unit (two doubles sharing a bath) into doubles with private bathrooms, the new design offers students enhanced privacy. Meanwhile, a series of new apartments create attractive living options for students and residence life staff, providing the university community with a variety of living options not available elsewhere on campus.

Bolling, Draper, and Pocahontas Halls are also expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

Built on the historic Quad, Bolling, Draper, and Pocahontas Halls are pivotal in shaping the quintessential Radford University residential experience. As part of their complete renovation, VMDO carved an ambitious configuration of new public spaces into the buildings.

By removing an existing floor, VMDO designed a new two-story lounge space at the north end of each building. The new commons creates a remarkably open gathering space that is at once open and light-filled as well as private and removed. On the upper floors, removing an expanse of the exterior brick allows a new full-height curtain wall to provide ample light and views to new floor lounges.

Attention to the buildings’ residential units creates new living spaces that are fine-tuned to Radford students’ needs. By transforming the standard semi-suite unit (two doubles sharing a bath) into doubles with private bathrooms, the new design offers students enhanced privacy. Meanwhile, a series of new apartments create attractive living options for students and residence life staff, providing the university community with a variety of living options not available elsewhere on campus.

Bolling, Draper, and Pocahontas Halls are also expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.

As part of their complete renovation, VMDO carved an ambitious configuration of new public spaces into the buildings.
As part of their complete renovation, VMDO carved an ambitious configuration of new public spaces into the buildings.
By removing an existing floor, VMDO designed a new two-story lounge space at the north end of each building. The new commons creates a remarkably open gathering space that is at once open and light-filled as well as private and removed.
On the upper floors, removing an expanse of the exterior brick allows a new full-height curtain wall to provide ample light and views to new floor lounges.
Meanwhile, a series of new apartments create attractive living options for students and residence life staff, providing the university community with a variety of living options not available elsewhere on campus.

Client: Radford University

Location: Radford, VA

Discipline: Residence Life, Interior Design

Completion: 2015

Size: 124,800 SF