The SHU Twin Residence Halls, completed at the end of 2019, honor two social justice champions, Elie Wiesel and Pier Giorgio Frassati. Wiesel was a Holocaust survivor, teacher, author and activist, and Frassati was a devout Catholic who dedicated his life to social justice. The buildings were designed to honor these men by playing a significant role in students’ development. David Coppola, SHU’s senior vice president of administration and planning, said, “students who live on campus are more likely to interact with faculty and staff, get involved with cultural activities and clubs and form lifelong friendships. The halls also are places where students continue the conversations from the classroom”.
The new halls, connected by a bridge, measure a combined 120,000 square feet. Their design provides comfortable and welcoming spaces where over 250 students can thrive. Each hall has a “great room” with a fireplace, dedicated group study rooms and various common lounge spaces for informal gatherings. The flooring was designed to add to this congenial atmosphere. Note the beautiful Daltile work around the fireplace and the unique tile patterns in the foyer. Soft gray Tandus carpet with a traditional wood border adds desired comfort and style to the great room and bridge connector. This bridge represents a lasting connection as a symbol of bridging religions, cultures and people; ideals emulated by the halls’ honorees, Wiesel and Frassati.