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West 1 Housing & Dining Development

The West Woods design shapes a welcoming, residential-scaled village within a highly dense neighborhood in a five-building complex. The plan includes four residential buildings and a dining pavilion. The scale of the development is shaped to maintain a welcoming residential campus experience. Limiting the scale of development to three stories plus a fully occupied attic maintains a comfortable residential feel. A new campus quad becomes the unifying landscape space, similar in proportion to the Sunken Garden of the historic campus. Smaller courtyard spaces and pedestrian pathways develop more intimate landscape spaces within the village. Common space distributed throughout distributes opportunity for connection while creating vibrant beacons of activity.

Housing & Dining Comprehensive Facilities Plan
This project is a part of a long-term, comprehensive plan to modernize and revitalize William & Mary's residential and dining facilities. The project spans 10 years over three phases to address aging residence and dining halls and ensure they advance the integration of living and learning on campus. Learn more...
Project Details
  • Project Number: 204-327054-002/204-B2204-053
  • Cost: TBD
  • Fund Source: Public-Private Partnership
  • New Construction GSF: 279,783
  • Project Start Date: Aug 2022
  • Construction Start Date: June 2023
  • Finish Date: Aug 2026
  • Project Manager: Amber Hall
  • Developer: Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions
  • Design-Build Team: Balfour Beatty, Kjellstrom+Lee, and VMDO Architects
  • Project Advisor: Brailsford & Dunlavey
  • Progress: Drawings for early packages, including the demolition of Yates Hall are expected to be complete in April, 2023. The remainder of the design will continue through October, 2023.
  • West 1 Site Plan

    A five-building residential village will be constructed where Yates Hall and the Yates parking lot currently exist. An 800 seat dining facility will sit at the gateway to the site, bridging the ravine towards the Student Life Neighborhood to the east.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Village Walk

    The architectural expression of West 1 is a contemporary interpretation of the traditional Georgian architecture of William & Mary. Proportions and rhythms echo historic residence halls like Barrett and Jefferson, while detailing reflects the transitional architectural zone of campus.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Perspective of Village Walk at Dusk

    A village walk runs through the residential development, creating gathering spaces for students.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Perspective of the Village Walk end caps

    The end-caps of the residential buildings feature corner lounge spaces with abundant natural light.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Village Walk - Wren Courtyards

    The massing of West 1 reflects the proportions of the Wren Courtyard, tying to the most historic and iconic building on campus.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Village Walk - Wren Courtyards 2

    A village walk runs through the residential development, creating gathering spaces for students.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Campus Connections - Day

    A pedestrian bridge spans the ravine and lands at the new dining pavilion. This critical connector links the West 1 development to the recently completed Student Life Neighborhood.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Campus Connections - Night

    A pedestrian bridge spans the ravine and lands at the new dining pavilion. This critical connector links the West 1 development to the recently completed Student Life Neighborhood.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West 1 - Gateway

    Tradition and innovation come together at West 1, linking traditional materials and forms with contemporary expression.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West 1 - Ravine Theater

    Exterior spaces throughout West 1 provide residents with areas to gather and socialize.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West Woods Quad - Day

    The West Woods Quad will be a primary public green space for the west campus. Beneath the lawn, a geothermal well system will serve the five building complex.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West Woods Quad - Night

    The West Woods Quad will be a primary public green space for the west campus. Beneath the lawn, a geothermal well system will serve the five building complex.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West Woods Quad Village

    The West Woods Quad will be a primary public green space for the west campus. Beneath the lawn, a geothermal well system will serve the five building complex.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West Dining - Day

    The West Woods Dining Pavilion engages with the woods adjacent to the main dining space, linking the indoor and outdoor spaces together.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • West Dining - Night

    The West Woods Dining Pavilion engages with the woods adjacent to the main dining space, linking the indoor and outdoor spaces together.
    rendering by VMDO Architects

  • Woods Terrace

    Building 4 features two rooftop terraces overlooking the West Woods.
    rendering by VMDO Architects