Council of Independent Colleges Historic Campus Architecture Project


Bennett-Smith Hall

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Institution Name: Centenary College
Original/Historic Place Name: Bennett-Smith Hall
Location on Campus: 400 Jefferson St.
Date(s) of Construction:
2003-2003original construction; February - September 2003 Niles Bolton Associates
Designer: Niles Bolton Associates
Type of Place: Individual building
Style: Postmodern, Contemporary, Other (Glossary)
Significance: architecture, education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
Foundation: concrete
Walls: buff-colored brick, cementitious siding
Roof: asphalt shingles
Sept 2003-present (2006)residence hall

Bennett-Smith Hall, opened in September 2003, is Centenary College's first new residence hall in over 30 years. At three stories and approximately 42,000 square feet, plus a partial unfinished basement of approximately 2,500 square feet, it is the first apartment-style residence hall on campus and the first building of any type on campus to have an elevator. Its exterior architectural design is sympathetic to the neighboring homes, many of which are late 19th century or early 20th century Colonial or Victorian structures.

Site improvements include 107 on-grade parking spaces, plus associated Belgian block sidewalks, modular block retaining walls, landscaping, and lighting. Storm water is collected and piped into an underground detention system that recharges the aquifer and eliminates off-site disposal. Unique to the project is the fact that the site improvements for Bennett-Smith Hall are integrated with the adjacent Tannery Field, a public softball field that is shared by the Centenary College women's softball team. These improvements demonstrate a unique level of cooperation between Centenary College and the Town of Hackettstown that has in turn enhanced the level of enjoyment of all who use Tannery Field.

Inside the building are 31 student apartments, each consisting of four bedrooms and two bathrooms, as well as a kitchen, dining room, and living room. There is also one resident director's apartment, consisting of two bedrooms and one bathroom, as well as a kitchen, dining room, living room, laundry room, and office. Common areas include a main lobby, student lounges, a game room, study rooms, laundry rooms, and a vending area. For vertical circulation, there are three stairwells of three stories each, plus one hydraulic passenger elevator (2,500 pound capacity) serving the basement through third floor. The building has a complete fire protection system, and each apartment has its own air conditioning unit and water heater. Exterior doors, apartment entry doors, and bedroom doors all have heavy-duty hardware with card access. Each apartment (including all bedrooms) has voice, data, and cable TV jacks. All apartments and common areas are fully furnished, including furniture, appliances, artwork, and accessories.


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