Project Overview

As a residential liberal arts college, Puget Sound is committed to providing a fully integrated environment for living and learning that supports student success and fosters strong engagement in the academic life of the college. Living on campus extends the intellectual conversation beyond the classroom and creates a holistic learning experience. Commencement Hall complements a wide range of existing residential offerings, including traditional residence halls, suite-style residences, Greek houses, and theme houses.

Groundbreaking took place in May 2012, and the building opened to student residents in August 2013. Initially called Commencement Hall, it was renamed Thomas Hall in May 2016 in honor of President Ronald R. Thomas.

On the corner of North 13th and Lawrence streets, adjacent to Seward and Regester halls, and Theme House Row on Lawrence Street.

Thomas Hall houses residential-academic community programs, including the Michel Rocchi International District.

Five levels at approximately 55,000 square feet include:

  • 135 single bedrooms located within 11 “houses." Each house contains individual bedrooms surrounding a great room kitchen/living area and study and gathering areas, restrooms, and laundry facilities.
  • Tahoma Room, a meeting space accommodating approximately 150 people.
  • Seminar room and 4 studies.
  • Outdoor areas to support learning themes.

Designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Standards, using sustainable materials and adhering to stringent environmental guidelines.

The building conforms to ADA guidelines and is designed to be accessible and available to all users.

Event Space
Thomas Hall includes a 4,800-square-foot event space, large enough to accommodate 150 people in a large meeting room, plus a seminar room, gallery, and support spaces for teaching and learning.

Architects and Contractors
Bohlin Cywinski Jackson of Seattle, Wash.
Architect and founder Peter Bohlin was awarded the 2010 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor conferred by the American Institute of Architects.

Other partners include AHBL, civil and structural engineer; WSP Flack & Kurtz, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection; Berger Partnership, landscape architect; Candela, lighting design; Korsmo Construction, general contractor.