Building Community Traditions

With long tables, high ceilings, colorful banners and spirited traditions in a formal dining hall, students may find plenty of Hogwarts comparisons to make at Washington University’s new College Hall.  The building is part of Washington University in St. Louis’s South 40 dining and student housing designed by Mackey Mitchell.  Destined to become a prime gathering space, College Hall is designed to build upon the spirit, culture and community of each residential college.  “We’re starting a new tradition by having residential college dinners,” said Brittany Roetzel, assistant director for special facilities and programs.  “A few hundred students will all be dining together, eating the same family-style meal. It’s an interesting way to build community.”  Viewed as more than just a physical space, students and faculty recognize that College Hall will help build upon student experiences and enhance the sense of community within each of the campuses residential colleges.