The 800-bed residence hall and Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons (designed by Studio Gang Architects) located near the core of campus, expanded the quality of housing options, enabled the housing of more undergraduate students in the University House System, improved the quality of the undergraduate student experience, and enhanced the sense of connection between all members of the campus community. Utilizing the successful model of the University’s House System, the new Residence Hall and Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons advances the University’s commitment to strengthening the quality of campus life and building community across campus more broadly. The project includes retail space to activate 55th Street and open space to link the northern blocks of the campus. The site is bordered by Greenwood Avenue on the west, 55th Street on the north, University Avenue on the east and Crown Field House on the south. The project site was occupied by the Pierce Tower Residence Hall and Dining Commons, an athletic field, and a surface parking lot. Pierce Tower was demolished during summer 2013 and North Field has been relocated to Campus South.
- Senior Project Manager: Eric Eichler
- Assistant Project Manager: John Barlow
- Design Build Team: Studio Gang Architects with Mortenson Construction
- Project Contact: Eric Eichler
- June 2013: The architect/contractor team of Studio Gang Architects and Mortenson Construction was selected as the project's Design Build team.
- Fall 2013: Demolition of Pierce Hall began.
- Winter 2013: Complete demolition of Pierce Hall.
- June 2014: Began construction of Campus North Residence Hall and Dining Commons
- March 2016: University names the dining commons for College alum Frank Baker and Laura Day
- Fall 2016: Campus North Residential Commons and the Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons
Jeanne Gang, of Studio Gang Architects discusses the project.
Proposed building fly through.