Hillside Hall Honored with a RI Monthly Award

October 1, 2014 - The University of Rhode Island's Hillside Hall has been honored with a Silver Award in the Commercial Renovation/New Construction category of the magazine's Annual Design Awards.

The Jury commented "The University of Rhode Island's commitment to making its newest student housing energy efficient is commendable. Equally trophy-worthy, however, is the livable design. No dark corridors, no overcrowding. Instead, the 429-bed Hillside Hall is all about light and transparency. Two bar-shaped residential wings are connected by a glass bridge, which 'houses stacked sky lounges and a monumental circulation stair,' the architects wrote. Bedrooms clustered around the lounges help students interact and promote a sense of community, while the abundance of see-through glazing not only gathers natural light but provides a greater sense of safety as people move about."

This is the second design award for the new residence hall which was previously honored with a design award from the American Institute of Architects Rhode Island.