Battiste Residence Hall
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Battiste Hall is a 200 room co-ed residence hall located on the campus of S. C. State University. The new building completes the urban street wall between two existing dormitories along the internal east-west axis of the campus and reinforces the central quadrangle north of the Whittaker Library clocktower. An "urban fissure" at the center of the building contains the central stairway and serves as a portal between the campus this historically black land grant university and the urban corridor leading to downtown Orangeburg. A steel framed canopy porte-chochere delineates the connection between "town and gown" and marks the intersecting north-south axis.
The organization of the new residence hall is a mid-rise slab building split into four sections and shifted horizontally along the east-west axis and vertically along the north-south axis. The ground level contains the reception area, lounge area, mail services, resident assistant office, and meeting rooms. On the upper level the dormitory is designed with 4 person suite apartments each with two bedrooms, living area, kitchenette and separate bathing/vanity areas. The living areas can be converted to sleeping quarters to achieve the flexibility. The facility is designed with the potential for 50% expansion.