Cornish Commons, the new 20-story residence hall and academic at the corner of Terry Ave. and Lenora St. is Cornish's first “ground up” project since the building of Kerry Hall in 1921. Located in the South Lake Union neighborhood, the building was named "DJC Building of the Year" by the Daily Journal of Commerce. The first floor serves as the college's "living room" with meeting spaces and lounge areas for all students. Second floor holds movement studios and a large conference room as well as more spaces for students to practice or relax. Residential life offices occupy the third floor. Floors four through 19 are student rooms with one, two, or three beds. All rooms come with full bathroom and some have a kitchenette. Each floor also has a lounge area for residents. The 20th floor is used by all residents and it boasts spectacular views of downtown Seattle, Lake Union, the Seattle Center, Puget Sound, and, on a very clear day, the Olympic Mountains. Amenities on the 20th floor include lounge, kitchen, practice rooms, art studio, laundry (with machines that will text a student when the wash is done), exercise room, and an outside patio space.
Cornish Commons received gold in LEED for Homes category in 2016.