The challenge was to sensitively modernize and expand this Residence Hall built in 1926 in the University Gothic Style. Connelly Hall had been vacant before the renovation because it no longer met current fire code regulations and couldn’t adequately accommodate the needs of today’s students. As a goal, Kimmel Bogrette set out to maximize the building’s educational potential. The dorm was organized into houses with suite-style living quarters with family rooms and kitchens. Seminar space, computer centers and gathering and debate forums were introduced into common areas so that education and daily living would become integrated. The addition is subtly modern while completely harmonious with the existing structure. The exterior is clad in copper, cast stone and glass. These materials highlight views and daylight while expressing the warmth of the natural stone exposed throughout the interior.