Jorge Bergoglio Residence Hall is located on the northern edge of the Sacred Heart Campus. The building is a buffer from the adjacent town street traffic, as the footprint of the dormitory building creates a three-sided central courtyard that faces south, creating an enjoyable microclimate in the spring and fall. The courtyard brings the community spirit of the dormitory to the outdoors. Entry terraces, open lawns, seating and walkways are designed for programmed gatherings throughout the academic year and daily informal student interactions.
Sustainability is an essential aspect of the site and courtyard design. All roof runoff is collected in downspouts and runnels. Captured rain water is directed into a bio-swale located at the southern edge of the courtyard. The storm water harvesting system animates the courtyard on a rainy day as stormwater travels in steel runnels, through the garden, under the walkway and into the bio-swale. The bio-swale is planted with native trees, shrubs and grasses. During the autumn season, the garden becomes vibrant with fall color as grasses combine with Amelanchier and Viburnum to heighten this time of academic and seasonal transitions.
Centerbrook Architects and Planners