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JCC East Hall Selected for AS&U 2015 Architectural Portfolio

Jefferson Community College’s East Hall, Watertown, New York has been selected for publication in Peton’s American School & University 2015 Architectural Portfolio.  The project is featured in the November 2015 edition of the magazine and can be found online at  An annual competition honoring design excellence, the Architectural Portfolio spotlights projects representing today’s most effective learning environments.

East Hall is JCC’s first residence hall, and was built to respond to the changing landscape of higher education and better serve its student population 24/7.  The four story, 285 bed residence hall is designed as two wings in suite-style to promote interaction and encourage community.  In addition to living rooms within each suite, the building features a commons area connecting the two wings.  This central connector includes a large open lounge, flanked by a tech nook with work stations and a hospitality inspired reception area.

This project was completed as a Design-Build contract with Purcell Construction Company, which resulted in a cost savings for the college in addition to being completed quicker than the traditional Design-Bid-Build project.