Butler College Dormitories

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project at a glance

The Butler College dormitories replaced five structures that were built in the 1960’s in an area now surrounded by dormitories. This new building is subdivided into five residence halls. It is a combination of two, three, and four-story structures encompassing 113,000 square feet.

The West Wing combines two L-shaped residence halls with a common area on the ground level that includes a food emporium, laundry room and a connecting corridor to the East Wing where the remaining three residence halls are located. With a U-shaped layout, the East Wing also includes common spaces on the ground level such as: a classroom, two seminar rooms, a laundry room, a computer room and a lounge area that has access to the Butler Memorial Court, which is a courtyard based on an amphitheater concept. Kitchenettes, study and lounge rooms are also located on every residence hall floor. A bridge with the same masonry exterior characteristics of the buildings forms the southern boundary of the Butler Memorial Court and creates a path for the cross campus walkway.

The project included many sustainability features, such as: an energy-efficient exterior building envelope, large windows that emit natural light to the interior, high-efficiency/low-flow plumbing fixtures, the use of low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials, and an underground storm water storage tank that collects water to be used to irrigate the landscaping within the Butler Memorial Court. In addition there are green roofs on three of the five buildings.


  • NJ 2009 Golden Trowel Awards, Best in Category for Educational/University
  • 47th Annual NJ Concrete Awards, First Place, Education


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