Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls: Stuart Hall

DLA+, with Clayco and Mackey Mitchell Architects (MMA), was selected as part of an exciting design-build team to dramatically transform East Halls, a large residence hall campus at The Pennsylvania State University. Phase 1A included renovations to Stuart Hall with an estimated construction cost of $18 million.

Project Team

LEED Silver
Pennsylvania State University
Clayco Corp
Teaming Partners
Design Architect - Mackey Mitchell Architects
MEP Engineer - Barton Associates
Structural Engineer - Hope Furrer Associates
Landscape Architect - Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Formerly Forum Studio)
Civil Engineer - Sweetland Engineering
LEED Consultant: Energy & Environmental Solutions Inc.
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
May 2018
Project Size
273 renovated beds
67,000 SF
Project Cost
$18 Million

Project Challenges and Outcomes


The goal of the renovation was to transform the existing 1960s building into a modern residence life facility for incoming Penn State freshman. Additionally, the exterior design had to blend in with the surrounding East Halls, so all the buildings look uniform.  


The existing residence hall was renovated as part of Phase 1A of the East Halls Project. The building is considered a mid-rise hall that is eight stories and approximately 67,000 SF. Stuart Hall has double occupancy rooms with some Resident Assistant single rooms for a total of 273 beds. Each floor has both single user bathrooms with a shower and toilet for privacy and an additional restroom with toilets only. The main floor includes a meeting room, large common area with a kitchen, knowledge room, laundry room, and study room. Each floor has lounge areas that can be used as supplemental housing space should a need arise.  

Stuart Hall received LEED Silver Certification in September 2018.

Learn more about the entire East Halls Project.