Refreshing the Quad
RISD recently completed renovations to its Homer, South and Nickerson Halls, marking the end of phase three of the multiyear Quad block enhancement project, which includes multiple residence halls and the Metcalf Refectory dining facility. Renovations, including sustainability measures and additional common space, also include elevators in the renovated buildings to make the Quad accessible. The Quad block’s recently built North Hall opened in 2019 as part of the project’s initial phase.
Completed in 2019 and designed by Nader Tehrani BArch 86, North Hall is the college’s first newly constructed residential facility to open in 34 years. North Hall, providing 148 beds, is the first cross- laminated timber (CLT)-steel hybrid residence hall in New England, the building is an innovative model for reducing energy use and limiting environmental impact while providing a customized space designed to allow students to thrive.
QUAD TRIVIA: Alumni-owned firm, Rich Brilliant Willing, donated the chandelier, Palindrome 8, which hangs in North Hall.
Originally built in 1957, Homer Hall now provides 171 beds for students, and common spaces for socializing and making have been incorporated throughout the building. As part of the renovation, a new Homer South facade forms a more public front to the quad. Eco-friendly features include Energy Recovery Ventilation attic units and an upgrade to the building’s exterior, which will improve thermal performance.
QUAD TRIVIA: Homer’s lobby benches are cut-offs from North Hall’s cross-laminated timber flooring.
Originally built in 1957, Nickerson Hall now provides 117 beds for students, and common spaces for socializing and making have been incorporated within the building. As part of the renovation, a new Nickerson East facade forms a public front to the new Nickerson Green. Eco-friendly features include Energy Recovery Ventilation attic units and an upgrade to the building’s exterior, which will improve thermal performance.
QUAD TRIVIA: Nickerson Hall is named in honor of Lyra Brown Nickerson, an early RISD benefactor.
Originally built in 1985, South Hall now provides 63 beds for students, one resident apartment, an upgraded kitchen and common spaces for socializing and making within the building. The mechanical equipment was upgraded for greater energy efficiency.
QUAD TRIVIA: As part of the renovation, a new lobby entry off Waterman Street was added and dedicated offices for RISD Public Safety were incorporated.
Image by John Horner