Stegman+Associates has been involved with Residential Life at Westfield State University since 1988 through Principal Janet Stegman’s role in designing a 420 bed residence hall for the school. In subsequent years the firm has worked on Market Demand & Feasibility Studies (with Anderson Strickler LLC) that have lead to the construction of two new residence halls. As a component of a 2010 Feasibility Study S+A modeled the entire residential system to match the developmental model supported by Residential Life. One outcome of that modeling was the design for renovations to Davis and Dickinson Halls.
Davis Hall was constructed in the mid-1960s. Designed around five individual entry cores, the building had staggered floor levels and bathrooms located at circulation cores between towers, preventing easy access from tower to tower. The renovation plans were phased with Phase 1 involving the relocation of community bathrooms from circulation zones (creating student common areas in the process) and Phase 2 comprising additions of exterior elevators and lounge space to make each building partially accessible and provide better floor commons. Phase 1 was completed in the summer of 2014 over a 12-week schedule.