Initially delayed in 2020, construction restarted this month on the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s new, six-story student housing building, Moore Hall (Phase XVI).
Designed by St. Louis-based KWK Architects and Architect-of-Record Jenkins Peer Architects of North Carolina, the 147,000-square-foot residence hall will replace the old Moore and Sanford Hall towers (built in 1970 and 1969) to complete the upper south village residential quad and provide a direct pathway to the South Village Dining Hall.
“With the pandemic causing so many delays, we are excited to see activity resuming on residence hall projects, like the new Moore Hall at University of North Carolina at Charlotte,” said KWK Principal Paul Wuennenberg. “The design of Moore Hall combines modern features and sustainability, while providing new students with a welcoming atmosphere to make them feel at home.”
KWK’s team worked closely with university administrators to design the new hall with the first-year student in mind. The building’s design includes traditional double rooms for up to 692 residents and their Resident Advisors. Resident rooms are supported by shared bathrooms for more privacy, with lounges and study rooms on each floor. The design also includes a community kitchen, laundry room, gaming area, and office and living space for Housing and Residence Life staff.
The new complex was also designed using LEED or Green Globes elements, and its exterior design reflects the existing architectural style on campus. The new hall is expected to open in August 2023.
KWK Architects also designed the university's unique Levine Hall, which combines an honors program within a traditional residence hall. The hall opened in 2016 and was awarded two Green Globes for sustainability.