It won’t house students until fall of 2014, but our new Residential Commons project at Southern Methodist University is quickly taking shape.
And it’s a shape we’re extremely excited about here at KSQ.
Consisting of seven structures (five 1,250-bed residential buildings, a 505-seat dining hall and an 800-car parking garage), this project offers a density and scale that is more typical of East Coast Ivy League schools.
The buildings’ interrelationships create an impressive and intimate traditional quad. Ultimately lush green spaces and paved walkways will provide an ideal setting for students and faculty.
We were challenged to create a dense housing environment that still respected the existing Collegiate Georgian architectural language of the campus–all the while maintaining an intimate scale and creating inviting spaces. We think we’ve achieved all of this, and more. Walking around the project, one experiences a very European feel from the design. Cast stone cornices, slate roof, dormers and sills add to this effect.
Each building is composed of five stories. Faculty-in-residence spaces, seminar areas and classrooms within each building will add to the living/learning aspect. Freshman from all over the world will love living here.
One of the unique technical features of the new dining hall is the electronic glass we’ve specified. The glass tints automatically with sun exposure (think of Transition Lenses eye wear), which you know is critical if you’ve ever experienced the intense Texas sun.
Our own Doug Willim and Scott Dunning are keeping close tabs on the project as it progresses through construction. We look forward to seeing how it continues to take shape–a landmark project for SMU student housing, to be sure.