William Paterson University Opens Cutting Edge, Eco-Friendly Residence Hall, Skyline Hall

Skyline Hall

A large community gathering space on the ground floor of Skyline Hall

William Paterson University has proudly opened the doors to its brand new, cutting edge, suite-style residence hall. The 90,000-square-foot Skyline Hall provides numerous open spaces with natural light, as well as community areas that include a modern oversized kitchen, social lounges with televisions and gaming areas, group and private study areas, a meeting room, and a classroom. Residents of Skyline Hall live in semi-suites – two bedrooms with a shared bath – arranged in “clusters” on each floor.

“Skyline Hall was designed to enhance students’ overall community building as well as their academic success,” says William Paterson University President Richard J. Helldobler. “Programming such as facilitated group study sessions, and skill building and success workshops will take place in the building throughout the academic year. We strive to create an environment where residents will be comfortable working together both socially and academically, inside and outside of the classroom.” 

Along with its bold and contemporary interior design – featuring a color pallet selected by students – the five-floor, 282-bed facility boasts the latest in environmentally friendly and high-efficiency equipment.

All paint in the building is low- or zero VOC (volatile organic compound), as are adhesives for carpeting. Hard-surface floors are made of materials that require no waxing or stripping – eliminating a need for harsh chemicals. Energy-efficient windows and LED lighting are installed throughout, and each floor has its own recycling-sorting chutes to keep recyclable items appropriately separated as they travel to compactors down below.

On the technology side, laundry facilities are synced to a mobile app that alerts students when their clothes are clean and dry.

“The design of Skyline Hall is consistent with the university’s longstanding commitment to being a green, sustainable campus,” says President Helldobler. “We are proud of our campus-wide sustainability efforts, including our large solar installation and electric car charging stations.” The university’s sustainability efforts were recently recognized with the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s Environmental Leadership Medal. 

Skyline Hall was designed by architecture firm Clarke Caton Hintz of Trenton, New Jersey and built by general contractors of the Wayne, New Jersey-based Dobco, Inc. The construction project was managed by Gilbane Building Company of Newark, New Jersey.

With Skyline Hall, William Paterson University has 10 residence halls on campus. 


WP President Richard J. Helldobler (fourth from left) is joined by University officials and distinguished guests at Skyline Hall’s ribbon-cutting ceremony

“William Paterson University students truly benefit from being part of our vibrant residential community, to which we are beyond excited to add Skyline Hall. The Office of Residence Life organizes events catered to each residence hall and its community’s needs and desires – ranging from cooking contests to off-campus community service events to forums on personal wellness – and Skyline Hall’s various amenities will surely provide for some great student events and experiences,” says Vice President for Student Development Miki Cammarata. “We enjoy contributing to and witnessing the personal growth students attain by living on campus, and, with facilities as beautiful as Skyline Hall, hope to create the best home away from home possible.”

See more photos of Skyline Hall here.