The Bridgewater State University campus is bi-sected by the MBTA Commuter Rail, and the new Crimson Hall was designed to provide a new face to the east campus and inform future growth beyond. The building form creates a new entrance quadrangle with the adjacent DiNardo Hall, sets up a new triangular courtyard opening up to future building sites, and also conceals a service/loading area that serves the new building and the adjacent East Campus Commons. The student beds are arranged in suites with private bathrooms; large floor lounges with kitchens are located on a bridge that connects the two wings of the building and spans and overlooks the main pedestrian path below. Thoughtful sustainable design results in Crimson Hall using 23% less energy and over 30% less water than similar residence halls. Crimson Hall was the first LEED-Certified Silver residence hall for Bridgewater State University, the MSCBA, and DiMella Shaffer, as well as the second certified residence hall in Massachusetts.