The four residence halls and the
Commons Building are constructed
of Bucknell brick, the University’s
signature masonry color, in the
Collegiate Georgian style that defines
campus. The bricks are laid in Flemish
bond, the same pattern used in some of
the campus’ oldest, most iconic buildings.
Step inside the new residence halls,
and you’ll find apartment interiors as
impressive as their stately exteriors.
Each unit contains four single bedrooms,
a full kitchen with bar-height island
seating illuminated by droplights, and a
living area with a couch and two comfy
chairs. The air-conditioned rooms
offer ceiling heights between 10 and
12 feet, and many feature bay windows
with panoramic views of the Susquehanna
Valley. Bathrooms are divided into
separate toilet and shower areas and
an open vanity area with two sinks.
The complex was designed to meet
Leadership in Energy & Environmental
Design (LEED) silver standards,
incorporating recycled materials and
employing energy-saving measures
such as low e-value, gas-filled windows.
An underground storage facility with
a permeable base captures nearly all
“It recharges the aquifer,” Hawley
says. “During big storms, any overflow
is directed into existing rain gardens.”
The apartments allow more than 300
students who would have lived off cam-
pus to return, strengthening Bucknell’s
commitment to residential education.
They also allow other residence halls to
restore lounges that had been converted
to living space long ago.
“We wanted to bring students back
from downtown, so we created an
attractive space for seniors that’s a little
different from the other spaces we have
— somewhere between country living
and city living,” Hawley says. “In
my mind, it came out really nice.” T O
The South Campus Apartments give students much more than a place to rest their
heads at night; they provide an inclusive environment where Bucknellians can live,
learn and have fun. Dennis Hawley ’ 72, M’73, associate vice president for facilities,
gives us a glimpse at some of the amenities in Bucknell’s newest residential complex.
— Matt Hughes
A Mecca for Living and Learning
THE TEACHING WALL
An outdoor classroom provides three tiers of
seating where students can gather and learn in
the sunshine. “We don’t have any precedent for
using stone on campus, so we thought this would
be a way to bring a central Pennsylvania look to
Bucknell,” says Hawley.
THE SOUTH CAMPUS QUAD
An open space that rivals the Academic Quad in
size, it’s a perfect place for students to read or
throw a Frisbee. “There are wireless transmitters
on the corners of the buildings that allow total
wireless coverage outside,” says Hawley.
THE COMMONS CAFÉ
A “mini-Bison” café serves breakfast, lunch and
dinner (and for dessert, self-service frozen yogurt
and espresso). The café, which is open to the
public, features booth and table seating for 80,
several TVs, a pool table and grab-and-go market
for students on their way to class. Just outside,
there’s a docking station for Bucknell’s food truck.
“They can park the Flying Bison here overnight and
serve customers out of it,” says Hawley.
THE COMMONS’ MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
Two-story windows and a vaulted ceiling provide
an airy space for meals, movie screenings, live
music — even Zumba. “It has a sprung floor, so
you can dance and exercise in here,” says Hawley.
The nearly 2,700 square feet of space is flanked
by two conference/study rooms with large-screen
TVs that connect to laptops.