Higher Education

UofSC Patterson Hall

Patterson Hall Renovations & Additions

University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC


This existing, antiquated dormitory building has been completely demolished back to the structural frame as new tower additions provide the seismic requirements to meet current building codes. Newly designed suite-style dormitory rooms, housing 560 students, and associated living support areas on the upper eight floors, create a modern dormitory meeting current trends in university housing. Located on the main entry level, classroom space, a computer lab, a canteen, and gathering spaces are designed to support and enhance the student life experience. Offices for University Housing offices occupy the majority of the lower level of the building along with student support functions associated with campus housing. This facility, in pursuit of the University’s commitment to sustainable design, has achieved Gold LEED Certification.
Photography by Brian Dressler.
students housed
original construction
local and regional awards

“A spectacular, sunny transformation of a mid-century dormitory building, technical issues are resolved here using honest structural elements like shear walls, and sustainable elements like louvers, trellises, and green roofs, to elegant effect. The building has a pleasing color palette inside and out. Its interior public spaces convey just the right degree of verve for students, and its exterior spaces are well-integrated. The jury agreed it’s a building we’d hit the brakes for.”

2014 AIA South Carolina jury comments


2014 Honor Award
AIA – South Carolina Chapter 

2014 COTE Honor Award
AIA – South Carolina Chapter 

2014 Adaptive Reuse/Renovation Merit Award
AIA – South Carolina Chapter 

2013 Adaptive Use
Historic Columbia 

2013 Exemplary Project Award

2013 & 2012 Best On-Campus Housing
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