buildings were designed by students
and will be operated by them,” says
Dean of Students Amy Badal. “A group
of students met with the architects
and shared their vision for what should
be housed in these buildings, and the
architects did a great job reflecting
Student input is visible everywhere,
from the colors of the walls and fixtures
(bright yellows and greens offsetting
dark wood in social spaces, soothing
blues inside the apartments) to the
inclusion of laundry facilities and a
themed lounge in each residence hall.
By student request, the lounges were
added to the original construction plans.
“The design for the lounges was
directly inspired by our visit to Google’s
Mountain View headquarters and
Stanford’s design school last spring,”
says Peter Puleo ’ 17, who provided
input to the planners. “Designed
specifically for comfort and versatility,
this is an environment unlike any other
Students also suggested the central
placement of the lounges so they could
“commute easily back and forth,” says
Dennis Hawley ’ 72, M’73, associate
vice president for facilities.
The Commons Building, at the
entrance to the complex, features a café,
convenience store, pool table, lounge
areas and student-run programming
that will attract students from across
campus. Nearby basketball and volleyball courts are lit so play can continue
structure, the Commons Building,
features a café and a large event space
where students can do yoga, host social
events or just hang out.
“We took a very intentional, student-
centered approach, in which the
In August, the University opened
the South Campus Apartments, a
complex comprising four residence halls
that provide apartment-style living for
seniors and juniors. An additional
Nearly 350 Bucknell students have a new place to call home — one designed and built from the ground up with their needs and desires in mind.
Spacious and Gracious Living
Students played leading role in designing new residence halls and Commons Building.
By Matt Hughes
Designed with student input, from
décor to floor plans, the South Campus
Apartments debuted this fall.