JMU Wayland Hall Renovation

  • Size: 46,500 SF
  • LEED Platinum certified

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Higher Education, Residential

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Independence Construction
Construction Manager
James Madison University
VMDO Architects

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Wayland Hall, the nation's first residence hall renovation project to achieve LEED Platinum certification, serves as a living-learning community to support the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Catering to the college’s disciplines of theater, dance, music, art, and art history, the community offers its residents practice rooms, classrooms, performance space, a gallery, and a studio, enhancing the college experience for those who call Wayland Hall home.

In order to provide students with improved living spaces, the upper floors were reconfigured to provide single, double, and triple bedrooms with community bathrooms.

A multipurpose space on the ground floor features impeccable acoustics, retractable stadium seating, and traces of bluestone interior walls. In addition, a recreational and reception lounge, laundry room, public kitchen, large group study space, and the hall director’s apartment are located on the ground and first floors.

Some of the key sustainable features incorporated into the project include a rain harvesting system; heat recovery collected from showers to pre-heat water lines; 600 ft. deep geothermal wells; cotton insulation in select locations; wheat board on exterior bedroom walls as a rapid renewable material; window sensors cut off heating and cooling when windows are open; and reclaimed doors used as panels throughout the project.

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