Commonwealth Hall is part of the Leon E. Boothe Residential Village, conveniently located on the northwest side of the academic core, within easy walking distance of classroom buildings. This residence hall, along with Kentucky Hall, was funded by the College Housing Loan Program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Completed in 1982, the buildings are constructed of heavy frame construction on concrete foundations and are equipped with sprinkler systems. The architectural plan consists of two complexes, each containing a central lobby or commons area with three wings of three stories each radiating from the center. Each wing is designed in a traditional style, with students residing in 10-11 double occupancy rooms per floor, sharing common bathroom facilities. Each wing accommodates 62-64 students. Commonwealth Hall includes the Cardinal, Goldenrod, and River communities, housing 190 students.
The Leon E. Boothe Residential Village was dedicated in honor of Dr. Leon E. Boothe who served from 1983 to 1996 as the university's third president.
Commonwealth Hall completed a renovation in the Summer of 2019 that replaced all of the building mechanical systems, converting them to VRF. This renovation also saw cosmetic upgrades throughout the building including new flooring, new paint, new furniture in common areas in the wings, and new lighting.
Building Number: 0372
Building Code: CW
Assignable Square Feet: 25,505
Gross Square Feet: 36,584
Construction Year: 1982
Original Cost: $2,720,000
Estimated Replacement Cost: $8,035,000
Ground Breaking Date: September 23, 1980
Occupancy Date: January 1, 1982
Last Renovation Date: January 2019 - August 2019
Original Project Team: Fisk, Rinehart, Keltch, & Meyer, Inc. (Architect), Central Associated Engineers, Inc. (Mechanical Engineer), Monarch Construction (General Contractor)
Renovation Project Team: Century Construction (General Contractor), Ion Apex Electric (Electrical Services), SHP (Architect), CMTA (Mechanical Engineer)