Larson, Perlroth & Troup Halls,
Apicella + Bunton led a renovation of three undergraduate dormitories at Quinnipiac University. Larson, Perlroth, and Troup Halls, which date to 1967, were gutted, re-planned, and fully modernized. The renovation added air conditioning, upgraded lighting and interior finishes, and provided new common space amenities.
Perhaps most striking is the new material language of the renovation, exemplified by the custom millwork feature walls at each suite entrance. The entrance features accentuate the identity of each suite as an individual domestic unit, situated within a larger dorm community oriented along the atrium. Wood slat ceilings, lighting, new flooring, and wood panels communicate a warm, inviting character that stands in contrast to the previous finishes in the space.
The buildings’ structure, a 1960s system comprised of hollow, precast concrete planks, proved uniquely challenging while introducing air conditioning to the buildings. New rooftop air handling units required both precise coordination for plank penetrations and supplemental steel structure to account for the new weight. The new structure was carefully integrated into the design to remain unobtrusive to the occupants. The payoff is substantial — each bedroom is now fully outfitted with responsive air conditioning and the atrium space is comfortable year-round. The skylights, original to the buildings, have been repaired and accentuated with new color-changing LED lighting to enliven the space after dark.
In addition to refinished, newly-conditioned suites, the buildings also feature new common amenities, including laundry rooms, communal kitchens, and common study and social spaces. The bathrooms, which are en suite, have been fully transformed. Sporting new tile, lighting, plumbing fixtures, modern showers, and solid surface vanities and cubbies, the bathrooms are one of the most comprehensive improvements in the renovation. Selected suites have also been outfitted for ADA compliance, ensuring the buildings are accessible to all future students.
Photographs © Christopher Gardner