The construction of a commons for Brooks House was made possible by a gift from Susan and Robert J. Brooks, Sr. '66, P'98, and Melissa and James M. Brooks '98. Brooks College House was the third physical house to be completed since the establishment of the College House system in the 2005-06 academic year, along with neighboring Ware College House and Bonchek College House.
The Brooks House commons is integral to the structure of the main building, a departure from the "popout" style of Ware and Bonchek Houses. The planning process for Brooks House included student input, especially when it came to the furnishings.
Founding Faculty Don Jack Heller: "I think it's terrific, a transforming moment for people in the house. We've taken a dorm, a place to sleep, and transformed it into a house, a place to live."