Russell Hall at University of Georgia

Athens - Clarke County

Built in 1967, this mid-century high-rise dormitory on the campus of UGA in Athens was in dire need of renovation—especially in the areas of mechanical, plumbing and restroom refurbishment. The building underwent a two-year rehabilitation project that has insured key character-defining features of the residence hall is preserved and gives precedent for possible future rehabilitation of mid-century buildings across the University System of Georgia. The building reopened to residents in 2018 with updated student rooms and bathrooms, and public lounge, programming, laundry and kitchen spaces. Signatures of the mid-century aesthetic were preserved while sustainable upgrades were made to all systems and windows, including a new Energy Efficient Mechanical System, New LED light fixtures and occupancy sensors, and Low Flow Toilet fixtures. The project also met the requirements for Georgia Peach Green Building Certification and included 10% Georgia based materials.

Awards for Excellence in Sustainable Rehabilitation recognize excellent rehabilitation projects that also incorporate appropriate conservation and sustainable treatments to lessen a building’s environmental impact while preserving significant features that convey its historic significance.