Ruskin Hall Dormitory Residential Building Design

Ruskin Hall Dormitory Residential Building Design

  • Owner: University of Pittsburgh

Ruskin Hall is an existing apartment building owned and operated by the University of Pittsburgh. Built in the early 1900’s, Ruskin Hall is an eight-story apartment building currently earmarked for medical students and interns. In order to meet the growing demand for undergraduate housing, the University plans to refit the building to house sophomore and junior students.

The program goals for Ruskin Hall are to increase the occupancy from less than 200 residents to approximately 400, to maintain apartment-style living by providing a comfortable living area and small kitchen for each unit, and to add building amenities including a fitness room and lounge. Other improvements include updating the mechanical, plumbing and fire-protection systems, providing cable and data access for every living area and bedroom, and redesigning the common areas such as the mailroom, laundry room and study room to meet the needs of the new resident population.

The total scope of renovations will be less than 50 % of the building’s area, thus retaining the current R-2 Apartment building classification.