Western Carolina University Mixed-Use Residence Hall

After adopting an on-campus living policy for all freshmen and sophomore students, Western Carolina University adds housing facilities to accommodate the influx. Located in the center of campus, an area previously occupied by restaurants, the mixed-use residence facility named Noble Hall fulfills the need for housing and retail for the student body.

Encompassing two-thirds of the space below the cast-in-place podium, the 10,000-SF shell retail-frontage is designed to provide an active “college town” atmosphere both day and night. The remaining space under the podium is allocated for student housing, as are the 4.5 stories of stick-frame above the podium. Designed as suite- and semi-suite style layouts, amenity spaces include study rooms, lounges, laundry rooms, and kitchens for common use. Interior finishes are typical of an institutional-grade dormitory with VCT bathroom flooring and carpet tile bedroom flooring in the units.

Unit HVAC systems utilize PTAC mechanical systems with a central hot water boiler for domestic hot water. The top level is comprised of “attic units” built into the sloped roof profile. Also included is 550 linear feet of off-site domestic pipe installation needed to bring sufficient service to the building.

The exterior of the building is wrapped in Arriscraft stone veneer with brick masonry, stucco, and cement panel accents. The roof is a combination of asphalt shingles and low sloped metal roofing. A retaining wall behind the building runs along the length of the site, increasing in height from 5 to 30 feet.