Architecture & Interior Design

Pennsylvania State University East Halls: Martin Hall

DLA+, with Clayco and Mackey Mitchell Architects (MMA), was selected as part of an exciting design-build team to dramatically transform East Halls, a large residence hall campus at The Pennsylvania State University. Phase 1B included constructing Martin Hall with an estimated construction cost of $26.5 million.

Project Team

Pennsylvania State University
Clayco Corp
Teaming Partners
Design Architect - Mackey Mitchell Architects
MEP Engineer - Barton Associates
Structural Engineer - Hope Furrer Associates
Landscape Architect - Lamar Johnson Collaborative (Formerly Forum Studio)
Civil Engineer - Sweetland Engineering
LEED Consultant: Energy & Environmental Solutions Inc.
Interior Design
Construction Administration
Completion Date
Phase 1 - August 2018
Project Size
415 new beds
119,000 SF
Project Cost
$26.5 Million

Project Challenges and Outcomes


The original goal of this transformational project was to renovate multiple existing 1960s buildings and add one new residence hall to create vibrant, modern residence life facilities for incoming freshman to Penn State. Based on increased enrollment and the University’s need to provide housing for incoming freshman, the determination was made to add another new residence hall to Phase 1 of the East Halls Project. 


The hall is a seven story residence hall with 415 beds. It has mainly double occupancy rooms with some Resident Assistant single rooms along with one RD apartment. As with the other halls in East Halls, each floor has both single user bathrooms that have a shower and toilet to allow for privacy and additional toilet only restrooms. The main level has common space with a TV lounge and kitchen, two music rooms, a meeting room, quiet room, and two foot-washing stations. Additionally, Martin Hall has one Res Life and one Housing office. The newly constructed Martin Hall adds a 16th building to this quadrant of campus.

Learn more about the entire East Halls Project.