Showcasing a seamless blend of green strategies and technologies within a traditional college campus residence hall.

West Hall Residence Hall
Elmhurst College
Elmhurst, IL

Elmhurst College selected Wight & Company to design a 170-bed new residence hall. West Hall is an award-winning student life facility and the first building on the Elmhurst College Campus to achieve LEED-Gold certification.

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Design Overview

Wight & Company’s design concept for this new residence hall is an “H-shaped” neo-Georgian-styled facility that was placed on an axis with the existing Hammerschmidt Chapel. The siting strategy creates an inviting and intimate new courtyard space between buildings, and allows the new structure to seamlessly blend into the architecture of the campus. 

The new building features a mix of single, double and triple suites, each with a common living room and private toilet facilities. Other highlights include:

  • Forty-four (44) total suites, 170-beds
  • Offices for residential life administration
  • ADA compliant facility
  • A two-bedroom resident coordinator apartment
  • Student kitchenettes on second and third floors
  • Student lounge spaces on each floor
  •  Building security system 

Grant Benefits

As a result of Elmhurst College’s commitment to the environment, public and private grants were given to the College to fund many of the sustainable design elements. The DuPage Community Foundation grant partially funded the planting of a prairie garden, as well as the College’s educational outreach programs on environmental topics. Elmhurst College also received grants from the DuPage County Stormwater Management division for its innovative water management solutions, and the Dr. Scholl Foundation for monitoring equipment, curricular development, and outreach activities.


Because Elmhurst College is land-locked with little land for conventional building, parking and stormwater detention, the project required innovative sustainable design strategies to optimize every inch of available real estate.

To meet this challenge and the goal of achieving LEED certification, we designed the residence hall and surrounding site using LID strategies and latest Best Management Practices (BMPs) for water management.



The project incorporated a holistic approach to integrate water resource management into both the landscape and built components. We incorporated a permeable parking lot, rain gardens, and an underground cistern and infiltration sump system. The project also included numerous sustainable design strategies and technologies, such as a solar thermal panel system, heat exchanger, bicycle storage, and daylighting strategies.









Awards & Recognition

  • 2008 Merit Award, Sustainable Site Design, American Council of Engineering Companies, Illinois