James Madison University – Jennings Hall

James Madison University – Jennings Hall

Harrisonburg, VA

Market Sector: Education
Size: 151,000 sf
Year Completed: 2019

James Madison University – Jennings Hall

At James Madison University’s Paul Jennings Hall, named after James Madison’s enslaved personal servant, represents a growing student community with flexible space for the future of residence life on the east end of campus.

More than five hundred beds house students that can also enjoy the study rooms and lounges located on each floor. Central to all students, is a multi-purpose room for large gatherings, a group study space, two classrooms, a reception lobby, and a rec room for TV watching and ping pong matches.

The “coffee house” vibe of the multi-purpose room was designed to allow students to meander in and out, lounging while waiting to leave for class or meet up with friends. The space doubles as a full-service presentation space when rearranged. A built-in banquette with acoustic panels and walnut inspired palette provides an element that supports both uses.

The residential lounges are equipped to allow students to test out their cooking skills, when desired, and share with their hall-mates. A new concept for JMU implemented in this building are the community-based bathrooms. Each user has true privacy with individual rooms with sink, shower and commode. This new living learning community honors the past while looking forward.

Project designed in conjunction with VMDO Architects.