Christian Brothers Residence is a new communal living residence for 14 Brothers on the La Salle University campus. The initial design was beyond the school’s budget. Working with the University’s CM, Strada re-oriented the plan with a central courtyard configuration to bring the project into budget, saving more than $1,500,000 without sacrificing program. The resulting design is a stick-built one-story building with a central Great Hall to provide bright, comfortable living and dining in a vaulted space with exposed wood trusses. Beyond the great hall, a landscaped internal courtyard contains a small chapel for daily worship. The architectural design reflects the Brothers’ unpretentious aesthetic values, mixing exterior stucco with wood siding accents.