Farmingdale State College Orchard Hall

Farmingdale, New York

The vibrant façade of Orchard Hall provides an iconic image at a highly visible corner of the campus.  The 408-bed facility was Farmingdale State College’s first new residential building in nearly three decades. It breaks away from traditional dormitory design by providing apartment-style layouts of varied configurations, each encompassing bedrooms, kitchens, eating areas and common spaces.  The four-story building is composed of two wings, Nassau Hall and Suffolk Hall.  These two wings join at a central node, which includes a main entrance, services, and a common lounge on each floor.  Single-point, controlled access through the main lobby addresses the campus’ concerns for security.  The site and building planning considered provisions for future housing expansion.

Client: Dormitory Authority of the State of New York
Photographer: Elliott Kaufman Photography