Higher Education:
Residential Life | Student Services

From 2014 to 2016 Bowdoin College experienced a 56% increase in the number of upperclassmen that chose off-campus housing options. With the goal to provide students with their desired residential experience, Bowdoin engaged Lavallee Brensinger Architects to perform a feasibility study. The feasibility study identified the need to create housing that; presents attractive options that support independent, home-like living for juniors and seniors, increases opportunities for various levels of social interaction, provides single bedroom, group living for 4, 6, and 8 students per apartment, all while meeting specific site needs and concerns for non-campus neighbors.

Park Row, identified as phase 1 of the upperclassmen housing project consists of 4 three-story apartment buildings, that each house 22 students. In order to offer students a variety of housing options, each building has four, six, and eight-person “suite-style” apartments. Each apartment includes individual space, which allows privacy, as well as shared space designed to encourage socialization among residents. The design team worked closely with student groups to develop a design that meets student’s needs while supporting the goals of the college. The result is a design that is centered around the kitchen, granting house-mates and friends the option to can come together for shared dinners, group studying, and other social gatherings.