2019 AIA Housing Awards: Skyline Residence Hall by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Specialized Housing

Skyline Residence Hall

ARCHITECT: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

LOCATION: Waltham, Massachusetts

PROJECT SIZE: 54,000 Square Feet

This 164-bed, 54,000-square-foot residence hall serves a broad campus planning goal of linking outlying buildings with the heart of campus. A key challenge of sophomore retention on campus provided an opportunity to create an attractive housing type that encourages interaction and community within a broader campus community, while rethinking a traditional double- and single-bedroom layout. Informal gathering spaces with access to student kitchens meet the needs of many student groups across campus. 

Through the use of a fully geothermal heating, cooling, and domestic hot water system, coupled with a rooftop photovoltaic system and a high-performance façade, the building is a highly sustainable living option on campus. —William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

Additional Credits

General contractor: Bond Brothers; landscape architect: Reed Hilderbrand; civil engineer: Nitsch Engineering; MEP engineer Rist-Frost Shumway Engineering, P.C.; structural engineer: LeMessurier; photographer: Bruce T. Martin Photography


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