University of Arkansas constructing first mass timber residence hall

University of Arkansas to Construct America’s First Large-Scale, Mass Timber Higher Ed Residence Hall and Living Learning Project

University of Arkansas students are abuzz about the latest addition their university: Stadium Drive Residence Halls. Currently, under construction, the new 202,027 square foot residence halls are the nation’s first large-scale, mass timber higher ed residence hall project and living learning setting. The design collaborative behind the project is led by Boston-based Leers Weinzapfel Associates, Modus Studio in Fayetteville, Arkansas, Mackey Mitchell Architects in St. Louis, and Philadelphia landscape and urban design firm, OLIN.

“The interwoven building and landscaped courtyards, terraces, and lawns; the beauty of timber structure and spaces; and the excitement of performing arts and workshop facilities will make this newest campus residential community a destination and a magnet,” says Andrea P. Leers, FAIA, Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates.

Exposed wood ceilings and trusses remind one of a “cabin in the woods.” Inside the “cabin”, courtyards, a community kitchen, study rooms, lounges, and a rooftop terrace will be accessible to the 708 students who live there. From outside, transparent study rooms at the end of each wing will light up the building at night.

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