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The Commons: Fast Facts

The Commons, a new residential, living and learning community at Villanova University, is located on the south side of Lancaster Avenue/Route 30—from Ithan Avenue to the pedestrian bridge at St. Thomas of Villanova Way. Below are facts about The Commons, its building specifications, environmentally-friendly design and architectural features.

Number of Buildings: 6

Individual Building Names: Arch Hall, Canon Hall, Chapter Hall, Cupola Hall, Friar Hall and Trinity Hall

Size: 425,000 square feet

Project Cost: $225 million

Building Exterior: Mix of stone, brick and cast stone

Architects: Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP, and Voith & Mactavish Architects LLP

Construction Company: Torcon, Inc.

Project Manager: Marilou Smith, Senior Project Manager, Villanova University

Construction Start Date: November 2015

Construction End Date: June 2019

Opening Date: August 2019

Dedication Date: August 28, 2019

Building Specifications

  • Six residence halls with a capacity to house 1,135 students in a variety of apartment-style facilities
  • University’s first on-campus restaurant, The Refectory
  • Parliament Espresso & Coffee Bar
  • Functional fitness center for training with equipment and a group fitness and spin studio
  • Six community rooms used for group meetings, etc.
  • Smart lockers for package deliveries
  • Four courtyards
  • TechZone at the Commons, a 3,800 square-foot destination for students to connect, collaborate and innovate

Environmentally Friendly Design

  • Built to LEED-certified standards
  • Will capture 2.2 inches of rainfall – more than 100% more than is required
  • Two cisterns that will take stormwater runoff, filter the water and re-used to cool The Commons
  • Three bioswales along Lancaster Avenue, designed as walls with seating to remove debris and pollution from surface water runoff
  • Three infiltration trenches to capture stormwater runoff
  • Four rain gardens
  • Motion sensor lights
  • Energy-efficient light fixtures
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures
  • Recycling of construction waste

Architectural Features

  • Cupula
  • Numerous arches
  • Cast stone crosses
  • More than 2,300 windows
  • Geometric layout and design allows for a view from the Arch Hall courtyard to Friar Hall