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Ringling College of Art and Design Bridge Hall Apartments

77200 FT2
Sarasota, FL, USA
Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing / Life Safety and Fire Protection / Technology / Energy Services / Commissioning

SRQ Magazine, 4Walls Gold, 2020

Certified LEED v4 NC Silver, 2019

Project list


After updating the campus master plan, which revealed a significant demand for expanded and enhanced upper class student housing, the design team turned their focus to solving that demand. That priority evolved into the design of the Bridge Hall Apartments which are located between the urban edge of campus and the adjacent Whitaker Bayou by an arts walk.

The new building opened to students in the fall of 2018 and offers a ground-level project room and a series of lobby and lounge spaces that are connected by a central staircase. Expansive windows showcase the lively collaborative learning spaces, typically in use by student groups.


The new building provides housing for 185 students and is connected to a central chiller plant. TLC is currently monitoring the indoor air quality in support of the LEED certification requirements for Post Occupancy Evaluation. Sustainability strategies in the design of the Bridge Hall Apartments include:

  • LED lighting
  • Low flow plumbing fixtures
  • Energy Recovery is provided on three 100% outside air units, improving the indoor air quality, while also decreasing energy expense