Carleton College, founded in 1866, is one of the premier private, liberal arts colleges in the Upper Midwest. Carleton values its rich history and architecture, leading to the preservation and renovation of the historic Evans Hall. Evans was constructed in 1927 as a residential hall comprising 112 beds in three side-by-side vertical stacks. The renovation completely reconfigured the building’s interior to achieve continuity and connection across its four levels of student residences. By so doing, the original occupancy of the building increased to 152, and many modern amenities were added --- including student lounges on each floor, new elevators and stairwells, life safety improvements, and an upgraded Cave (a long-time student nightclub and music venue) on the lower level.
PCL worked with the design team to solve a number of challenges related to converting Evans Hall from steam to hot water heat, as well as to integrate building shell repairs into the original architectural intent.