Rethinking hearth and home
Just as planned academic buildings will better integrate scholarly disciplines, planned improvements to the residential campus will better integrate academic and non-academic areas. The intent is to blur lines between where students work and play, to create a more holistic educational experience that will nurture active minds.
Bucknell's last campaign resulted in significant improvements to student life on campus, including the McDonnell residence hall (2000) and the Kenneth Langone Athletic & Recreation Center (2003). New donor support will take the concept of flexible student housing and beneficial common areas even further by creating a new residential quad south of Bertrand Library in an area called South Campus.
This addition will be central to the distinct residential learning mission of Bucknell, and make the most of the new quad being formed by Academic West and Academic East. The complex will bring onto campus 240 students who currently live downtown.
Four residential halls, housing approximately 80 students each, will allow all but 250 of our students to live on campus and make possible a more cohesive residential community. Each residence will have suite-style apartments situated around a common room, providing a valuable living option for juniors and seniors as they prepare to transition into life beyond graduation.
These halls will be clustered together near the new academic quad, creating another residential neighborhood on campus with its own café and places for socializing, programming and guest speakers.