The completion of the South Campus Apartments Phase 1 construction in 2015 provided the campus with a state of-the-art living-learning environment with outdoor athletic courts, student commons and café. The first phase of the South Village provided approximately half of the total beds recommended for the South Campus Village in the 2008 Master Plan. The addition of new housing at this site as either replacement beds or to house enrollment increases remains a priority for the University, but may not fit on the space available.
New construction of four residence halls, providing apartment-style living for 344 seniors and juniors. The buildings contain a suite of 21st-century sustainable design features engineered to meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. In addition to the apartment buildings, Bucknell constructed the MacDonald Commons that provides the South Campus residents a la carte dining and multipurpose event spaces. This wonderful community space is coupled with multiple outdoor basketball and sand volleyball courts.
The MacDonald Commons Building was programmed to support the residential experience at Bucknell. The spaces are intended to support independent living in the adjacent student apartments. The building includes a food service venue providing a la carte meal offerings, with seating for one hundred people. A convenience store is also included; offering packaged food items as well as health and beauty products, and a student run and organized multi-purpose space to accommodate educational, social and light fitness activities. The Georgian style building incorporates energy savings design features, sustainable materials and high end finishes. The project was the first campus building to be awarded LEED Gold status by the USGBC.