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New Residence Hall Hailed for ‘Outstanding’ Design

Centerbrook Architects’ vision for Bergoglio Hall earns praise from American School & University and

One of Sacred Heart University’s newest student residences, Jorge Bergoglio Hall, has received praise for its “outstanding” design.

Earlier this month, American School & University, an educational facilities, purchasing and business administration magazine, and SchoolDesigns.Com, an online resource for school and university design, announced projects and firms they selected for their annual Architectural Portfolio issue. SchoolDesigns.Com is the online site for American School & University’s design competitions. The portfolio recognizes building designs for elementary, middle and high schools, and for colleges and universities. Sacred Heart’s Bergoglio Hall, designed by Centerbrook Architects, was one of three residence halls in the nation to be acknowledged for “outstanding design.”

Centerbrook submitted Bergoglio Hall for the contest. A jury of architects and education administrators evaluated Bergoglio Hall and other submitted projects from architectural firms, schools and universities. Bergoglio Hall was one of 97 projects chosen for recognition.

Named after Pope Francis (né Jorge Bergoglio), the “Berg,” as students call it, houses more than 200 sophomores in two-bedroom (four-person) pods, each of which has a shared bathroom. The three-story building includes a multipurpose fitness facility and a video game classroom, as well as laundry facilities on each floor.

“It is a fabulous, state-of-the-art facility, and students are happy and comfortable there. It is located centrally on campus and meets all their needs,” said Joel Quintong, assistant dean of students and director of residential life. “We are excited the residence hall received this much-deserved attention.”