Syracuse University Buildings:

Ernie Davis Hall

Ernie Davis Hall
Ernie Davis Hall, SU Photo & Imaging RS 56076

Construction Began: February 18, 2008
Dedicated: October 2, 2009
Dedication Speakers: Don McPherson, class of 1987, All-American college football selection; Chancellor Nancy Cantor; Suzanne Kim Chafetz, class of 2013, resident of Ernie Davis Hall.
Building Occupied: August 2009
Named for: Ernie Davis, class of 1962; two-time All-American college football selection and first African American to win Heisman Trophy (1961)
Cost: $50 million
Funding: New York State provided $5 million through Higher Education Capital Matching Grant Program
Architects: Mack Scogin Merrill Elam
Construction Managers: JD Taylor Construction Corporation
Style: Modernism
Location: 619 Comstock Avenue, adjacent to DellPlain Hall
Space: At the time of its construction the 140,000 square foot, nine-story structure housed 250 students with lounges and laundry facilities on each floor, a 500-seat dining hall, a 10,600 square-foot recreation facility and 2,000 square feet of academic space.


Ernie Davis Hall is the University's first "green" residence hall, constructed to meet the standards of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a global standard of sustainable green building and development practices. It was constructed with such features as low water-use fixtures, a storm-water management system, advanced materials requiring less energy to cool, and dining hall efficiencies to reduce food waste and hot-water consumption.