Western Carolina University continues to experience growth across the campus, providing environments which foster and promote a sense of place and learning. As part of the increase in student enrollment the University has established a strategic plan for guiding the growth of the institution. A significant piece of the master planning goal is the replacement of the aging residence halls built during the 1950s. This project will be the first step in moving the University forward towards that goal. The five-story, Upper Campus New Residence Hall building at Western Carolina University will house approximately 600 students, and include double occupancy living units, single occupancy living units, kitchen/living room spaces, laundry rooms, study rooms, resident assistant apartments, university office suite, and building support spaces.

The proposed site will utilize a portion of campus currently occupied by surface parking. The re-use of this site will reinforce the pedestrian connection between the upper and lower portions of campus. The project will act as a gateway between the steep topography, giving students an on-grade internal and external pathway to traverse campus.