Built in 1966, Radford University’s Madison and Jefferson Halls were due for a complete systems replacement. The scope of the project primarily addressed M/E/P/FS systems. However, VMDO designed attractive new finishes and thoughtful changes to the layout in spaces affected by demolition and replacement. These subtle changes give the buildings a new look and feel. Study lounges for each floor give students an intimate study refuge. Meanwhile, semi-suite bathrooms transformed into individual bathrooms for each double room provide privacy for students. Replacing under-utilized lounges in the attic with penthouse apartments offers attractive housing options for students as well as new revenue sources for the university. With these changes, the buildings are much better equipped to meet the needs of today’s students.

Both dorms have received LEED Gold certification and the distinction of being the first LEED Gold buildings on Radford's campus.

Built in 1966, Radford University’s Madison and Jefferson Halls were due for a complete systems replacement. The scope of the project primarily addressed M/E/P/FS systems. However, VMDO designed attractive new finishes and thoughtful changes to the layout in spaces affected by demolition and replacement. These subtle changes give the buildings a new look and feel. Study lounges for each floor give students an intimate study refuge. Meanwhile, semi-suite bathrooms transformed into individual bathrooms for each double room provide privacy for students. Replacing under-utilized lounges in the attic with penthouse apartments offers attractive housing options for students as well as new revenue sources for the university. With these changes, the buildings are much better equipped to meet the needs of today’s students.

Both dorms have received LEED Gold certification and the distinction of being the first LEED Gold buildings on Radford's campus.

Client: Radford University

Location: Radford, VA

Discipline: Residence Life, Sustainable Design

Completion: 2011

Size: 98,680 SF