JMU New East Campus Student Housing

The newest residence hall on the James Madison University campus adds activity and life to a growing section of campus. Replacing an existing intramural softball field on East Campus, the new residence hall draws important landscape connections with the nearby University Recreation building and East Campus Dining Hall. Its ample interior public space creates natural connections with a compelling landscape design that includes courtyards, basketball and volleyball courts, and outdoor grills. The building and landscape work together to create a vibrant place for community activities year-round. Meanwhile, dedicated outdoor space for food truck hookups supports special events and festivities.



With two active learning classrooms, ample study space and a 2,500 square foot multi-purpose living room, the building will be a fitting host to new living-learning communities. By co-locating these learning spaces with opportunities for social gathering, the building encourages students to blend intentional learning into their daily lives.

The 500-bed residence hall is designed for first and second-year students alike, giving the University flexibility in its occupancy management. By clustering private bathrooms into a common location, the building offers the privacy that sophomores demand while generating the traffic flow that draws first year students out of their bedrooms and into a larger community. Public lounges and group study spaces are distributed throughout the building to create opportunities for students to gather and ultimately develop a sense of identity as a floor.

The newest residence hall on the James Madison University campus adds activity and life to a growing section of campus. Replacing an existing intramural softball field on East Campus, the new residence hall draws important landscape connections with the nearby University Recreation building and East Campus Dining Hall. Its ample interior public space creates natural connections with a compelling landscape design that includes courtyards, basketball and volleyball courts, and outdoor grills. The building and landscape work together to create a vibrant place for community activities year-round. Meanwhile, dedicated outdoor space for food truck hookups supports special events and festivities.



With two active learning classrooms, ample study space and a 2,500 square foot multi-purpose living room, the building will be a fitting host to new living-learning communities. By co-locating these learning spaces with opportunities for social gathering, the building encourages students to blend intentional learning into their daily lives.

The 500-bed residence hall is designed for first and second-year students alike, giving the University flexibility in its occupancy management. By clustering private bathrooms into a common location, the building offers the privacy that sophomores demand while generating the traffic flow that draws first year students out of their bedrooms and into a larger community. Public lounges and group study spaces are distributed throughout the building to create opportunities for students to gather and ultimately develop a sense of identity as a floor.

JMU East Campus Housing
JMU New East Campus Student Housing

Client: James Madison University

Location: Harrisonburg, VA

Discipline: Residence Life

Completion: 2019

Size: 151,000 SF