Oakland Hall Dormitory

A Campus Home for Nearly 700 Students
Their [Clark] knowledge and reputation in the marketplace is unparalleled, delivering time and time again on complex projects such as Oakland Hall, given it was constructed on an active campus. Clark minimized disruption to ongoing campus activities, managed heavy volumes of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, and incorporated the diverse interests of a number of stakeholders, including facilities, faculty, students, and alumni.
Robert C. Keane, AIA, WDG Architecture, PLLC
College Park, Maryland
University of Maryland
WDG Architecture, PLLC
232,000 Square Feet
Year Completed: 

Clark provided design-build services for the construction of Oakland Hall, the first dormitory built on the University of Maryland’s College Park campus in more than 25 years. The eight-story, cast-in-place concrete structure provides 706 additional beds for undergraduates.

Oakland Hall was designed in a “Z” shape, allowing for 90 students per floor but creating smaller communities of 30 students. The dorm’s layout primarily consists of four-person units in a double-duplex configuration, with the double-occupancy bedrooms sharing a bathroom. Each floor has two student lounges, two study rooms, and a laundry room. The building’s corridors and elevator lobby terminate with room-sized bay windows, and the “see through” lounges utilize significant amounts of glass at both the corridor and exterior walls.

To unify the building with the surrounding dorms, Oakland Hall’s façade incorporates elements of the campus’ iconic aesthetic: brick and punched aluminum windows with cast stone accents and prominent vertical window walls. The large windows frame eastward views of the new quad and westward views of the woods. 

Oakland Hall also includes a multipurpose room with an outdoor patio, open lobby, and interior bicycle storage. An expansive lobby features a grand staircase, which connects the lobby to the terrace level gallery and multi-purpose room, and an interactive touch-screen LEED wall that educates residents and visitors on the building's sustainable features and water usage.


Oakland Hall earned LEED Gold certification. A satellite central utility building, located in Oakland Hall’s basement, provides chilled water for the building, as well as six existing high-rise dorms, two dining halls, a daycare center, and a future residential facilities office complex. Cooling towers are located on the roof and are hidden by tall screen walls. Other sustainable features include cisterns for capturing storm water, a white reflective roof, low-flow plumbing, efficient lighting, and recycling stations on every floor.

S2N Technology

S2N provided quality control services for the installation of the structured cabling, CCTV, access control, and audio visual systems.