The four-story, 30,000-square-foot building has ten double-dwelling units on each floor, with a shared bathroom between two units. Each floor has a single resident assistant, a lounge space, a laundry unit and other accessory spaces. The northeast corner of the building has a two-story lobby and acts as a lantern, signaling entrance for the North Campus residence halls. The Resident Director’s apartment, along with vending machines and two music practice rooms are located in the basement.
The building is LEED-certified with each unit having operable windows that allow for natural lighting and ventilation. Bergmann made sure to use energy-efficient lighting throughout. Building occupancy sensors, timers and connections to the campus-wide building management system were used to control lighting. The overall design of Putnam Hall was based on design elements found in the architectural context of surrounding buildings to create a striking design statement. This project was the recipient of the AIA Rochester Chapter Design Award in 2004.