New students at the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth are living large in a new residential housing complex. Opened in August 2020, Spruce and Balsam Halls have a total of 1,210 beds set in modern facilities. The buildings flank a new 2-story dining center called The Grove.
The project is a unique public-private partnership between the university and multifamily developer Greystar. PRISM worked with Mixed Media Creations to develop a full suite of renderings used to show the community what was being built, and to gain support for the project. Aerial view renderings show the convenient connection of the complex to student parking. Plan view renderings illustrate the configuration of the double and single rooms. Vivid interior renderings depict the spacious and inviting common areas and dining options.
Each residential hall includes maker spaces, a business center, practice/performance rooms, community kitchens, laundry center, dedicated study rooms, resident lounges, and gender-neutral bathrooms. The Grove provides multiple hot food stations, a full deli and salad bar, and seating for 800. There is also outdoor patio seating and a firepit for cool Massachusetts nights.