This 800-bed dormitory is one of three major dormitory and classroom projects designed by DAG Architects on the FAMU campus over the past few years.
As the first new residence hall built on this campus in more than 17 years, the FAMU Village dormitory is part of the University’s long-term plan to transform and elevate services for students, and to create a sense of community. The new dormitory creates a new campus gateway and promotes positive patterns for future campus development. Based on a mixed use model, the design includes approximately 800 beds on six stories, several community rooms, study spaces and computer labs on each floor, and provides university use spaces at ground level. This development defines the western edge of the campus, and upholds and expands upon the architectural traditions of the campus while having its own distinguishable character.
A strong north-south axial “processional” corridor links the new dormitories to the stadium, and the large terraced green space behind the dormitory provides opportunities for student interaction and campus events. The relationship of the dorm to the stadium is reinforced by a special “Game Day Lounge” on the fourth floor that overlooks the central plaza toward the football stadium and provides space for student gatherings. The dorm rooms are single occupied rooms with two bedrooms sharing a bathroom space. Construction consists of a precast concrete floor system bearing on structural steel and concrete masonry walls, with an architectural brick veneer and cast stone system that complements the surrounding buildings.