Wesleyan-Butterfield-Dorms Student Lounge
Wesleyan-Butterfield-Dorm Student Lounge
Wesleyan-Butterfield-Dorm lobby
Wesleyan University - Butterfield Dorms A, B, C

Creative solution at Wesleyan University's Butterfield Resident Halls adds student bedrooms and new community spaces

Originally constructed in 1965 on the campus of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, the Butterfield Complex encompassed 166,000 gross sf in three separate dormitory buildings connected by underground tunnels.  Combined, the masonry and steel buildings (referred to as Butterfield A, B, and C) accommodated 400 students as well as spaces for classrooms, administration and recreation. Kenneth Boroson Architects was commissioned to create 60 additional dorm beds through the renovation of approximately 24,000 sf of existing classroom, office and lounge space on the ground floors of each building.

During schematic design, our firm presented an option to enclose three exterior loggias to create new common space for students and staff.  This allowed the residential area to be reconfigured, resulting in a total of 93 new dorm beds rather than the 60 originally requested.  

New addition and renovation

93 new resident rooms, lobbies, lounges, laundry facilities and public study spaces  

24,296 sf

Construction Cost:

Project Status:
Completed in 2012