Hitchcock Hall is a prominent, historic residence hall at Dartmouth College, designed by Charles Rich in 1913. The building’s renovation and new addition were designed to maintain the historic character of a much-loved dormitory while meeting the College’s current programmatic, operational, and sustainable design objectives. The scope of work includes a new plan layout for 86 bedrooms, and a new elevator, stair towers and entrances to make the facility fully accessible. The building includes a large double height lounge with a balcony and full kitchen on the first floor, smaller study lounges with kitchenettes on the upper floors, and a community director’s apartment. The energy efficiency of the building envelope was substantially improved with the installation of high-density spray foam insulation in the walls and roof, and new windows with insulated glazing. The project also includes completely new, energy-efficient mechanical and electrical systems, light fixtures that minimize energy consumption, low-flow plumbing fixtures, and a new fire alarm and suppression system.
Jane Lawson-Bell served as Principal in Charge for the renovation and addition to Hitchcock Hall while a Principal at Atkin Olshin Lawson-Bell Architects, Philadelphia, PA.