Located on a hill with views to Long Island Sound, Quinnipiac University's York Hill Campus encompasses a 2000-bed student village that consists of the Crescent Residence Hall and adjacent townhouse buildings, the TD Bank Sports Center for the hockey and basketball teams, an octagonal student center, a parking garage, and a wind terrace of 25 vertical-axis turbines.


The campus is designed to teach students about responsible development by mitigating the environmental impact of a major expansion. Twenty percent of the power is provided through clean, on-site energy. In addition to wind power, Centerbrook designed an array of sustainable features into York Hill. Solar photovoltaic panels on the Crescent dormitory provide electricity, and at East View a geothermal ground-source heat pump assists with heating and cooling. The 85,000-square-foot Student Center houses a highly efficient, gas-fired cogeneration micro-turbine that produces both electricity and heat for the campus. Other green approaches include water and maintenance efficient landscaping and plumbing fixtures, maximum use of on site materials, and storm water management and treatment.

The 400,300-square-foot Crescent Hall curves gently along one side of the new campus, backing up to the woods to the west and affording views south and east. York Hill is one of three campuses of Quinnipiac University, which has a total enrollment of 7,000 undergraduates and 3,000 graduate students. The best views from York Hill are from the wind garden, a landscaped hillock that sports Adirondack chairs, where students can gather, contemplate the horizon, or shoot the breeze.

Centerbrook had been the architect for more than 45 projects at Quinnipiac University dating to the 1970s.

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