In 2022, the College of William & Mary solicited a public-private partnership agreement (P3) for the design of two new housing developments and a dining hall on its Williamsburg campus. VMDO and partner Balfour Beatty Construction developed an initial, yet comprehensive, response to the solicitation—building on the Housing and Dining Master Plan completed by VMDO. The two main projects are expected to be performed in tandem with a 2025 completion.

The projects seek to address the need for on-campus housing improvements while maximizing the existing assets within the W&M housing portfolio to satisfy both programmatic and financial objectives. This includes the development of new housing adjacent to the existing Lemon and Hardy residence halls, as well as the first phase of a replacement housing and dining development on the western portion of campus (the West Woods).

In 2022, the College of William & Mary solicited a public-private partnership agreement (P3) for the design of two new housing developments and a dining hall on its Williamsburg campus. VMDO and partner Balfour Beatty Construction developed an initial, yet comprehensive, response to the solicitation—building on the Housing and Dining Master Plan completed by VMDO. The two main projects are expected to be performed in tandem with a 2025 completion.

The projects seek to address the need for on-campus housing improvements while maximizing the existing assets within the W&M housing portfolio to satisfy both programmatic and financial objectives. This includes the development of new housing adjacent to the existing Lemon and Hardy residence halls, as well as the first phase of a replacement housing and dining development on the western portion of campus (the West Woods).

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The Lemon-Hardy project would complete a third side of a triangular site plan footprint, adding approximately 200 beds in a similar architectural style and layout to the existing halls. The West Woods project addresses pressing maintenance issues, replacing existing residence and dining halls that have reached the end of their useful lives. A new 700-bed residence hall and 50,000 square foot dining hall would kick-start this development, providing an expanded inventory to allow poor-performing residence halls to come offline.

The Lemon-Hardy project would complete a third side of a triangular site plan footprint, adding approximately 200 beds in a similar architectural style and layout to the existing halls. The West Woods project addresses pressing maintenance issues, replacing existing residence and dining halls that have reached the end of their useful lives. A new 700-bed residence hall and 50,000 square foot dining hall would kick-start this development, providing an expanded inventory to allow poor-performing residence halls to come offline.

VMDO’s design concept is intended to set a new standard for the W&M student experience. This new standard will give students high-quality residential and dining spaces befitting the caliber of the W&M brand. The design strategy prioritizes a pedestrian promenade that intentionally links campus and community spaces together. A new pedestrian bridge to West Woods establishes a welcoming handicap-accessible connection between the west campus and the heart of W&M’s main campus.

The project integrates ample public space for learning, connection, and engagement throughout. Social and academic space at every scale of the building provides an opportunity to engage and create community. Meanwhile, the new dining hall is imagined to have a vibrant interior environment, characterized by transparent connections to the adjacent woods to the east, and a distinguished face to the new campus quad to the west. This new vision will intentionally support opportunities for community and connection, for learning and engagement, encouraging W&M students and their vibrant culture to thrive.

VMDO’s design concept is intended to set a new standard for the W&M student experience. This new standard will give students high-quality residential and dining spaces befitting the caliber of the W&M brand. The design strategy prioritizes a pedestrian promenade that intentionally links campus and community spaces together. A new pedestrian bridge to West Woods establishes a welcoming handicap-accessible connection between the west campus and the heart of W&M’s main campus.

The project integrates ample public space for learning, connection, and engagement throughout. Social and academic space at every scale of the building provides an opportunity to engage and create community. Meanwhile, the new dining hall is imagined to have a vibrant interior environment, characterized by transparent connections to the adjacent woods to the east, and a distinguished face to the new campus quad to the west. This new vision will intentionally support opportunities for community and connection, for learning and engagement, encouraging W&M students and their vibrant culture to thrive.

Client: College of William & Mary

Location: Williamsburg, VA

Discipline: Housing & Dining

Completion: 2025

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