New College's I.M. Pei dormitories.

New College's I.M. Pei dormitories.

The New College Foundation recently launched a $15 million fundraising campaign to refurbish the college’s residence halls, designed by the renowned architect I.M. Pei. The campaign is spearheaded by Monica Van Buskirk, a foundation board member. Campaign funds will be used to replace roofs, seal buildings against water intrusion, install new cooling and heating systems, renew the courtyards, and renovate and upgrade the dormitory rooms, which follow the pattern of a Mediterranean village: three pavilions with interior courts clustered around a central gathering space sheltered by geometric rows of palm trees. Pei’s student center is a low-slung, cantilevered structure, protected from sun and rain with a long, concrete projection at the entrance.

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