Reed College’s need for student housing has continually increased in recent years. ZGF was commissioned to prepare a comparative evaluation of existing student housing types at Reed and a number of other campuses in the region. In particular, housing types were sought that would encourage juniors and seniors to reside on campus and at the same time keep them socially and intellectually involved. In an effort to meet this need, four new residential facilities—the Bidwell, Sitka, Aspen, and Sequoia Houses—were designed and built to accommodate 125 students. This 64,025 SF expansion fulfills a development phase outlined in the college’s master plan. The new LEED Silver-certified facilities are smaller and more intimate than those on typical college campuses, with 20 to 30 students in each dormitory. Each of the three-story buildings has a unique design and, together, form a new quadrangle, creating a village environment. They are also a visible demonstration of a long-standing campus commitment to the environment and sustainability. The buildings feature natural daylighting and ventilation, sustainable interior and building materials, and construction practices that encouraged recycling and protected local streams and rivers.

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