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KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg, University of Oklahoma’s Diane Brittingham to Present In-Depth Look at Residential College Design at ACUHO-I Conference & Expo

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KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg, AIA, LEED AP, along with Diane Brittingham, Director of Residence Life and Associate Director at the University of Oklahoma, will share their personal experiences and insights into designing a residential college vs. a traditional residence hall at the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I) Conference & Expo., July 7-10 in Denver, CO.

ACUHO-I is a leading organization of more than 17,000 housing and residence life professionals representing 1.2 million on-campus students from around the globe. ACUHO-I provides its members with research, leadership tools and training programs geared toward optimizing on-campus student living environments.

Wuennenberg and Brittingham’s education session, “Designing Hogwarts: The Residential College of the 21st Century,” will take an in-depth look at the residential college model. Just like the famed Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry portrayed in the fictional J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, modern residential colleges include strong academic and community elements, as well as student rooms and dining. The pair will talk about how the residential college model has evolved and how the design process for creating these facilities differs from that of a traditional residence hall.

Additionally, Brittingham will discuss the impact this model is having on the Residential Life program at the University of Oklahoma, which opened its first residential colleges, Headington and Dunham, in the fall of 2017.

The $75 million residential colleges, designed by KWK Architects, were influenced by the residential colleges on Ivy League campuses such as Harvard, Yale, Oxford and Cambridge. Each college features a faculty master apartment and office, dormitories, private parking, seminar/conference rooms, lounges, study areas, libraries and dining rooms. Each has its own house motto, colors, crest and athletic teams.

For more information about the ACUHO-I Conference & Expo., visit www.acuho-i.org/events/ace.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com.

KWK Architects Designs Multi-Phase Community Replacement Project at University of Missouri, Columbia

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Master plan includes five new residence halls and a multi-restaurant dining facility

The University of Missouri (Mizzou) in Columbia, MO is bustling with two new residence halls; a state-of-the-art, multi-restaurant dining facility; and a Starbucks coffeehouse – all designed by KWK Architects as part of a multi-phase community redevelopment project.

KWK Architects, experts in student housing and dining design, was selected by the university to create a master plan for its Dobbs Neighborhood Redevelopment. The three-phased, master plan would include a total of five new residence halls and a distinctive dining facility to replace an outdated dining hall and three residential towers, all of which were demolished to make room for the new buildings.

“The goal of the master plan was to design a supporting community development at multiple levels primarily for first-year residents, create state-of-the-art dining for 2,500 plus residents in the area and create exterior, residential-friendly outdoor spaces, while defining circulation and service areas,” said KWK Architects Principal Sara Koester.

Phase I of the master plan included two new residence halls, Brooks and Bluford Halls, and a 580-seat dining facility. Brooks Hall, named after the university’s first African American administrator George C. Brooks, opened in fall 2016. The five-story, 89,400-square-foot residence hall houses 293 students. A computer center serving the complex is located on the building’s main floor.

The five-story Bluford Hall, opened for the 2017-2018 school year, is named after the late journalist and honorary doctoral degree recipient Lucile Bluford, and houses 282 students in 80,100 square feet. The building includes the new 29,600-square-foot dining facility, The Restaurants at Southwest, which occupies the majority of the first floor and replaces the outdated dining pavilion.

“The exterior character of the new residence halls acknowledges and complements the existing adjacent buildings and exterior environment,” said KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg. “Sustainable design was a major focus of the project, and the buildings are anticipated to achieve a LEED Silver designation. Solar panels on the Brooks Hall roof pre-heat the domestic water to reduce energy use. Additionally, the roof over the dining in Bluford Hall was designed for a future vegetated-tray green roof.”

The Restaurants at Southwest features six distinct dining venues that support a la carte service during the academic year and all-you-care-to-eat dining during the summer. Dining options at The Restaurants at Southwest include: Legacy Grill, Tiger Avenue Deli, Olive & Oil, 1+5+3 Soups & Salads, 1839 Kitchen, and Truffles. The facility handles the student population of 2,500 to 3,000 who live in the residence halls and nearby fraternities and sororities. The dining facility serves as the social hub of the neighborhood, anchoring the main pedestrian walkway to the academic campus, with the Starbucks store conveniently located along this promenade.

KWK has also completed designs for Phase II of the Dobbs Neighborhood Redevelopment, which includes a third and fourth residence hall, each with five-stories for a total of 120,991 square feet. When completed, the new halls will provide 384 beds and an Academic Resource Center.

KWK Architects partnered with The Lawrence Group as associate architect for the Dobbs project.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com.

KWK Architects Selected Design Architect for Multi-Building Apartment/Townhouse Project at South Dakota State University

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Student housing experts KWK Architects has been selected the design architect for a $20 million, multi-building apartment/townhouse project  at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD. Architecture Incorporated, based in Sioux Falls, SD, has been selected the architect-of-record for the project.

The KWK Architects project design team includes Design Principal Javier Esteban, Project Designer Paul Wuennenberg and Project Architect Matt Kirschner. This is KWK Architects’ first project in South Dakota.

“We are looking forward to working closely with the residential administrators at South Dakota State University to design a beautiful, new apartment neighborhood that meets the needs of the university’s students and sets itself apart from the traditional residence halls on campus,” said Esteban.

University officials plan to build multiple buildings to house juniors, seniors and graduate students on a two-block parcel on the southeast corner of the campus. The existing State Court Apartments, built in 1959, currently occupies this site. The site is bordered by 7th Street to the south, 8th Street to the north, 14th Avenue to the west and Jackrabbit Avenue to the east.

The redevelopment will consist of a three-story apartment building and four to six, two-story townhouses in a mix of 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom plans. The apartments will also feature off-street parking and in-unit laundries.

According to university officials, the new facilities will be residential in appearance, but distinctive as apartments, making them aesthetically distinguishable from the residence halls in this quadrant of the campus.

 Preliminary renderings provided by KWK Architects: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/li70wlmkusft1eu/AADt7Gzs1qp5DlNwNpznov85a?dl=0

The projected move-in date for the apartments is fall of 2019.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com.

KWK Architects Designs $104.5 Million Renovation/Addition to University of Minnesota’s Historic Pioneer Hall

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Construction is well underway on a $104.5 million renovation and addition to the University of Minnesota’s historic Pioneer Hall. Design architect KWK Architects, partnered with architecture/engineering firm-of-record TKDA of St. Paul, MN, was contracted to transform the aging residence hall into a modern living space for the university’s students.

Constructed in stages from 1928 to 1932, Pioneer Hall is one of the oldest residence and dining halls on the U of M Twin Cities campus. University officials debated for several years over whether to completely renovate or tear down and replace the outdated structure, which did not meet current building codes and was not handicap accessible. It was also plagued with narrow corridors, small rooms and bathrooms, poor layout, limited social/study space, no air-conditioning, outdated electrical and plumbing systems, and a subterranean dining facility.

The project was approved as a capital budget amendment to the FY2017 Capital Budget by the university’s Board of Regents in September 2016 and the schematic design was approved by the Board of Regents in May 2017.

The project will retain the character-defining features of the existing building, while strategically expanding the building footprint to improve housing and dining programs. The housing component will increase the number of beds to 756, while aligning program delivery and student amenities with comparable university facilities. The plan also incorporates study and community spaces to enhance the first-year student experience.

The dining program will be raised up to grade level, and seating capacity expanded to serve the student population of the Superblock while offering expanded meal, serving and seating options. Seating capacity for the new dining facility will accommodate 850 students at any given time.

The renovation provides for full ADA Accessibility, mitigating a significant deficiency in the existing building, as well as an open and welcoming lobby area featuring meeting spaces, business/technology center and recreation room.

Community-style living unit modules with small groups of residents sharing a community bathroom and other building support spaces such a meditation rooms and lounges are also planned.

When complete, Pioneer Hall will have approx. 257,000 square feet, with 85,600 square feet of renovated space and 171,400 square feet of new construction.

“The former Pioneer Hall had very limited public space and most of it was below grade. What we are able to achieve in the new design is a lot more public space for students to gather and to leave their rooms to interact and to socialize, as well as study,” said Daniel Elliott, U of M Associate Director of Facilities, Housing and Residential Life.

The project follows the State of Minnesota Sustainable Building Guidelines and meets the Minnesota SB2030 Energy Standard. Delivered via a Construction Manager at Risk, McGough Construction of St. Paul, MN, the new Pioneer Hall is slated to open for the Fall 2019 semester.

About KWK Architects

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. Areas of expertise include student housing and dining, and academic and science/technology spaces. KWK Architects has completed more than $1 billion in construction-valued projects since its founding and currently employs a growing staff of 15 at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com.

KWK Architects Designing New $3.5 Million Athletic Stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO

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Facility is largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade 

KWK Architects is working on designs for a new $3.5 million athletic stadium at Westminster College in Fulton, MO, following a surprise announcement to students last week.

The new facility is made possible in part by a $3 million gift from college alumnus Kent Mueller and his wife, Judy. Westminster students learned of the big news on March 13 during a luncheon at the college’s Historic Gymnasium.

“On behalf of the entire Westminster community, I want to thank Kent and Judy Mueller for their strong support of our students, programs and facilities,” said Westminster President Fletch Lamkin. “The Muellers were leaders during my first tenure as President of Westminster with their transformational gifts to make this a beautiful campus, and now they are stepping up to the plate once more to provide the quality athletic facilities our student-athletes deserve. This is great news for our students and prospective students.”

The new stadium will be located within the college’s existing sports complex, which includes a training facility, softball and baseball fields and tennis courts, along with football and soccer fields.

“The current location of the main athletic field does not adequately utilize the site’s potential for a new stadium,” said KWK Principal Eric Neuner, AIA, NCARB. “The plan is to replace the current field with a new turf field and 2,000-seat stadium to the north and to create more practice fields and possibly a running track to the south in the future.”

The new athletic stadium, the largest capital improvement project on campus in over a decade, will be used for Westminster and local community events. A walking track around the new field for use by students and the public is also planned.

Phase I of the project will include new turf, scoreboard and lights on the field and is expected to be completed by the start of the 2018 football season.

Phase II, which will include construction of the bleachers, press box, concessions and restrooms, is expected to be completed in summer 2019.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

KWK Architects Designs New Living/Learning Community for Emporia State University

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With its housing facilities aging, Emporia State University in Kansas responded to input from students, parents and alumni to create inviting residential spaces on campus. University administrators decided to construct a 324-bed living/learning community for ESU students to replace two outdated residence halls on campus.

St. Louis, MO-based KWK Architects was hired as the design architect on the $22 million project, with HTK Architects of Topeka, Kansas serving as the architect-of-record.

The process of designing the new residence hall was very inclusive, with a close-knit client group that included representatives from a wide variety of stakeholders, including students, faculty, Residential Life, Student Affairs, Building Services, Information Technology and others.

The design of the new 91,000-square-foot building, recently named Schallenkamp Hall after the university’s 14th president, Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, features four stories and three residential wings, each with a variety of bedroom configurations (doubles, accessible doubles, singles and singles + bathroom). The residential wings are also designed with lounge areas, corridors with natural light and community bathrooms that afford privacy.

The design for Schallenkamp Hall also includes a learning commons area that features:

  • Two music practice rooms
  • Art studio
  • Team study room
  • A mid-sized classroom
  • Flexible collaboration space
  • Two-story lounges with community kitchens

“The entire design process for Schallenkamp Hall has maintained focus on the creation of intentional places and spaces for community and learning to develop and deepen,” said Cass Coughlin, Director, Department of Residential Life, Emporia State University. “The design of a learning commons as the hall’s ‘front porch’ connects the liberal arts and sciences to the residents via music practice rooms, an art studio, and several areas for group collaboration and study. The design looks great on paper, but Schallenkamp Hall will not realize its full potential and beauty until students — past, present and future — and the Lyon County community animate the building and its design intents.”

The new hall will be constructed directly across Market Street from Beach and King Halls, which house the art, theater and music departments. Market Street is the main corridor through campus. Schallenkamp Hall is scheduled to open in August 2019 and replace Central and Northeast Morse Halls, which are both scheduled for demolition in summer 2019. Central Hall (opened in 1951) has 114 beds and Northeast Morse Hall (opened in 1964) has 151 beds.

About KWK Architects

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. Areas of expertise include student housing and dining, and academic and science/technology spaces. KWK Architects has completed more than $1 billion in construction-valued projects since its founding and currently employs a growing staff of 15 at its headquarters in St. Louis, MO. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

KWK Architects Designs Mizzou’s Newest Student Dining Experience

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When it comes to food choices, students at the University of Missouri have a variety of options to suit every taste, with a visit to The Restaurants at Southwest designed by St. Louis, MO-based KWK Architects.

Opened for the 2017-2018 school year at a cost of $15 million, The Restaurants at Southwest dining facility features something for everyone. Unlike the traditional, buffet-style, all-you-can eat service of most student dining halls, The Restaurants at Southwest offers a la carte service, which lessens food waste and inventory.

The Restaurants at Southwest features six restaurant-style dining options, which include:

  • Legacy Grill – Classic burgers, hand-cut fries, quesadillas, nachos and chicken sandwiches.
  • Tiger Avenue Deli – Philly-style sandwiches prepared and served hot off the grill.
  • Olive & Oil – Mediterranean-influenced pasta with house made pasta sauces.
  • 1+5+3 Soups & Salads – Made-from-scratch, healthy soups and salads that offer students vegetarian, vegan and allergy-friendly options.
  • 1839 Kitchen – Tasty comfort foods such as rotisserie chicken and other protein choices.
  • Truffles – Desserts, smoothies, yogurt parfaits, bagels and other healthy snacks.

The project also includes a separate Starbucks facility.

KWK Architects, along with associate architect Lawrence Group, was contracted in 2013 to design a 30,000-square-foot, 600-seat dining facility and adjoining residence hall to replace the Pavilion at Dobbs, which was demolished in September 2017 upon completion of The Restaurants at Southwest.

Located on the Southwest campus near athletic facilities and the university’s Greek Town of fraternities and sororities, The Restaurants at Southwest was designed to be a social hub for the Dobbs residential neighborhood.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

 

KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg Selected as 2018 Senior Housing Officer Institute

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KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg, AIA, LEED AP, along with Mike Schultz, Director of University Housing at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, were selected to serve as faculty for the 2018 Senior Housing Officer Institute on Jan. 29 – Feb. 1 by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I).

The Senior Housing Officer (SHO) Institute is one of the most prestigious experiences offered by ACUHO-I. Senior housing officers actively engage in learning experiences to improve their skills and knowledge so that they may have a lasting impact on their campus communities. The four-day program, which was held in Pittsburgh, PA, included sessions on the ACUHO-I Core Competencies and Knowledge Domains.

Institute faculty included senior housing, facilities and student affairs professionals, as well as select industry partners who were competitively selected for their passion and expertise in identified SHO-focus topics. Institute faculty facilitated individual sessions in an executive-learning format, using a variety of active learning strategies, including presentations, case studies, group work, discussions, debates, etc. to assist participants in mastering the curriculum. Additionally, faculty facilitated small groups in application reflection and assisted partners in individual reflection on their experiences during the Institute.

Topics discussed included:

  • Legacy and Leadership
  • Career Development
  • Human Resources
  • Occupancy Management
  • Fiscal Resources and Control
  • Information Technology
  • Facilities Management
  • Ancillary Partnerships
  • Evaluation and Planning: Assessment/Programming
  • Resident Educational Services
  • Student Behavior and Crisis Management

Wuennenberg has more than 20 years of experience in the planning and design of student housing. His passion for the research and development of new concepts has led him to be recognized as a national expert in student housing and student dining facilities. His personal portfolio includes 12 residence halls at Washington University in St. Louis, six residence halls at the University of Missouri, and more than a dozen residential buildings at Kansas State University.

For more information about the Senior Housing Officer Institute, visit www.acuho-i.org/events/sho.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 150 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

KWK Architects Selected Design Architect for Residence Hall at UNC – Charlotte

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Student housing expert KWK Architects has been selected the design architect for a new residence hall at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte that will replace existing Sanford and Moore Halls. Charlotte, NC-based Jenkins Peer Architects is the Architect-of-Record on the project.

Sanford Hall (opened in 1969) and Moore Hall (opened in 1970), which each house 500 students and have 12 floors, will be demolished as part of the project. The new, proposed residence hall (currently referred to as Residence Hall Phase XVI) will feature 650-800 beds with double rooms supported by community bathrooms, lounges and laundry rooms on each floor, common areas and multipurpose rooms.

The new complex will also be designed and built using LEED or Green Globes elements, and its exterior design will reflect the existing architectural style on campus.

A two-phase demolition and construction schedule for the entire site is planned over a two year period, with construction of the new residence hall expected to begin in spring 2019.

Two years ago, KWK Architects designed the university’s unique Levine Hall, which combines an honors program within a traditional residence hall.

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life.  For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

KWK Architects, Residence Life Administrators Reflect on Innovative Levine Hall Design at UNC – Charlotte

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Community combines honors program inside traditional residence hall

 

On most university campuses throughout the United States, you will find traditional residence halls, and you will find honors halls. But what happens when the two types of residence halls are combined into a single Living/Learning Community?

Such a unique configuration was implemented nearly two years ago with the opening of the $38.5 million Levine Hall at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte. KWK Architects designed the university’s newest residential building to house 435 total students – a combination of honors and traditional students. Currently, Levine Hall houses 136 honor students, about 31% of the Levine student community.

The 160,000-square-foot Levine Hall includes four-bedroom suites and apartments, plus large central lounges and study areas at the end corridors of each floor. Community spaces include a lobby, lounge, resident kitchen, laundry and meeting spaces.

The hall’s extended “Z” shape creates a significant open lawn which leads to a large arched opening. At this opening are entries to both the residence hall and the honors college zone to provide a separate identity and allow independent operation while encouraging regular use by residents.

“The design of Levine Hall at UNC-Charlotte had a very specific directive – the inclusion of an honors and scholars program inside a traditional residence hall. This unique challenge required different unit types, such as suites and apartments, to be embedded within each RA community, as well as academic and administrative support exclusive to honors program students,” said KWK Architects Principal Paul Wuennenberg.

Two years after Levine Hall’s opening, the student housing experts at KWK and UNC Charlotte are analyzing the results of their unique design and seeking answers to their questions: “Are the honors students successfully integrating into the traditional community?”, “Is the rest of the community accepting of these students?”, “What tools have been used to improve the sense of community within these two groups sharing the same space?” and “Are there opportunities for mentorship from the honors students?”

Aaron J. Hart, Ed.D., Associate Vice Chancellor & Director, Housing and Residence Life at UNC Charlotte, says the Levine Hall community has been deemed a success on many levels.

“The Levine Residence Hall staff shared and acknowledged that the honor students on the third floor thoroughly enjoy the connection of home to classroom. The relationship has successfully connected the housing community and the unique academic relationship for honors students,” said Hart. “This semester the honors college has opened its doors up to late night homework and study hours that are only accessible to honors students and friends. This has been really beneficial for students because they can utilize the smart classrooms for homework purposes, instead of walking to the library. In my opinion, students have greatly benefited from the physical proximity of the offices. Our department has also seen development in relationships through the close proximity of the honors college.”

Through analysis of the Levine Hall design, KWK’s design experts plan to further their understanding of designing a residence hall that incorporates an honors program, with heavy emphasis on academic and administrative support; learning ways to improve the interactions between honors students and the rest of the RA communities; as well as understanding how honors program administrators and faculty interact with residence life professionals in the same residence hall.

“While the honors program supports the honors student, there have been measurable benefits for the traditional students in this type of Living/Learning Community,” said Wuennenberg. “We will continue to look at this design further and whether this type of building configuration can be a benefit to other institutions.”

Founded in 2013 by five architects with a combined 120 years of higher education knowledge and experience, KWK Architects partners with colleges and universities across the United States to create innovative and inspiring places that enhance campus life. For more information about KWK Architects, visit www.kwkarchitects.com or contact Director of Marketing Cindy Hausler at cindyh@kwkarchitects.com or 314-583-1757.

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