Quinnipiac’s York Hill Campus spurs Residential Rising

York Hill Campus, Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut

One of the chief goals of Quinnipiac University's $300-million, multi-year expansion project was to honor a commitment made to the Town of Hamden that it would eventually build enough dorm rooms to house all 5,500 undergraduates on campus. Historically, seniors have had to scramble for off-campus housing, which created its own set of town-and-gown challenges.


Thus, in 2006, Quinnipiac launched the creation of the new 240-acre York Hill campus, located less than a mile from the 220-acre "main" Mount Carmel campus. The project added 1,500 beds in new residence halls, enabling the University to offer housing for all four undergraduate years.


Crescent Residence Hall

The centerpiece of student housing on the York Hill campus, this 400,000-SF, 9-story residence hall gives 1,100 upper-class students an opportunity to live in apartment-style housing.  The majority of the apartments have three bedrooms, a common room, a full kitchen and two bathrooms.

Designed for sustainability, solar rooftop panels produce 230,000 kWh per year. High-tech telecommunications attract older students away from off-campus housing.


Eastview Residence Hall

Exclusively for seniors, Eastview's 34 air-conditioned apartments feature more single rooms and private bathrooms than any other residence hall at the University. Several different apartment styles can be found in the seven-floor, 178-bed building. A simple tap of a student’s Q-Card provides access to the building, laundry facility, and apartment.


This project includes an extensive geothermal heat pump system with 48 wells in a closed loop system, approximately 500 feet deep.  The campus includes a high-efficiency central boiler plant and chiller plant, and a primary electric distribution system with campus-wide backup power.



Centerbrook Architects & Planners


Size / Cost


450,000 SF / $102 million


80,000 SF / $19 million



2011 Best Sustainable Design, CREW CT – The Real Estate Exchange



Site utilities, mechanical, electrical, plumbing/fire protection and technology