Commons Areas and Student Centers

Title Abstract Publication Date
'Smart' Spaces Aren't Just for Classrooms Anymore. Describes the revolution in total school design promulgated in Building Information Modeling (BIM). The article discusses the learning that occurs in every school space, not just the classrooms, and... 12/31/2009
2006 Harleston Parker Medal: Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center and Davis Garage. Profiles this award-winning Wellesley College facility, selected for it's multi-level array of repeating spatial and material motifs. Photographs and a list of project participants are included. 12/31/2006
2007 Renovation and Construction Showcase. Presents 14 distinctive new or renovated higher education student union buildings from 2006. Each example includes photographs, a description, building statistics, and a list of project participants. 12/31/2006
2008 Renovation and Construction Showcase. Profiles ten new and renovated higher education student unions. Project statistics and photographs accompany text descriptions. 12/31/2007
2009 Renovation and Construction Showcase. Profiles ten new and renovated higher education student centers. Building statistics and photographs accompany brief descriptions of the facilities. 12/31/2008
2010 Renovation and Construction Showcase. Profiles fourteen new and renovated higher education student centers. Building statistics and photographs accompany brief descriptions of the facilities. 12/31/2009
24/7 on the 401. Describes the building design of the Centennial College Student Centre in Toronto's suburb of Scarborough. Includes photographs and design drawings. 03/31/2002
A Center for All. Describes the building of Princeton University's $42 million Frist Student Center, which incorporates the original physics building, Palmer Hall, and a new addition. Provides information on the... 04/30/2002
A Green Social Hub From green roofs to high-functioning outdoor spaces, the Rochester Institute of Technology's Global Village transforms into a sustainable campus gathering space. 03/31/2012
A Practical Guide to Planning, Constructing, and Using School Courtyards The Maryland Department of Education guideline for courtyard design is for use by local planning committees and architects in designing new schools and developing major renovation/addition projects.... 07/23/2012
A Sense of Entry: Designing the Welcoming School. Profiles the schools of a single architectural firm, whose designs emphasize entrances and circulation. Project descriptions are accompanied by elevations, sectional views, plans, and abundant... 12/31/2006
A Sum of Its Parts. Examines the school-within-a-school approach to middle- school design in creating multiple specialized learning environments for students. Planning and designing these types of school environments... 12/31/1998
A Well-Centered Campus. Profiles Rice University's Brochstein Pavilion, a cyber-cafe constructed adjacent to the library. It's transparent design creates a light-infused space that also illuminates a previously... 12/31/2008
A.E. Stevenson High School. Describes this new atrium entrance to an existing Lincolnshire, Illionois, high school. The new atrium unites five floor levels, and houses a student union with meeting spaces, bookstore, and credit... 11/30/2005
Aim for Wow-ability when Selecting Student Center Furniture. Advises colleges to keep in mind several qualities when purchasing furniture for student centers: durability, cleanability, repairability, flexibility, storability, credibility, sustainability,... 03/31/2003
Ann Richards Middle School, La Joya, Texas. Honoring la Joya's Mexican culture, Kell Muñoz Architects creates an oasis of color in a hot bleached landscape. The heart of the school is a large open plaza, similar to those in the small... 02/28/2003
Assessing the Learning Value of Campus Open Spaces Through Post-Occupancy Evaluations. Uses the University of Georgia's Memorial Garden as a case study to examine how the composition and configuration of campus landscape elements affect behavior. The research examines how specific... 03/31/2008
Auxiliary Services: Their Effect on the Bottom Line. Describes the value of auxiliary services in higher education, their roles as co-educators with the faculty, and their importance in recruitment and retention of students. 07/31/2005
Ball State University Student Recreation and Wellness Center Includes a three-tier fitness center, a five-court gymnasium, an indoor synthetic turf field, three multipurpose rooms, running track, an indoor climbing wall and outdoor center, massage and wellness... 05/31/2012
Baylor University: Redesigning the Old into the New Union for Students. Profiles the renovation of this institution's SUB (Student Union Building), including it's two lounge spaces, bowling lanes, and game room. 01/31/2007
Bennington College Student Center. Profiles this student center that provides theatrical sound and lighting, a DJ control booth, a dance floor, and adjustable acoustics to accommodate a variety of recreational and performing arts... 10/31/2008
Branson School Student Commons \ Turnbull Griffin Haesloop Architects Description and photos of a new student commons at an independent high school in Marin, California. It gives students a much-needed gathering space with an unusual degree of connection to the... 03/27/2012
Bridge from the Past: The Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life. Profiles this Tulane University center which features responds to the mild environment with operable windows, solar-driven ventilation, chilled radiant surfaces, and separate thermal zones. Details... 09/30/2008
Building Blueprints: A Greater Student Union. Examines Southwest Missouri State University's student union building that was designed and renovated to be inviting, accessible, and easier to identify. Before and after photos are included. 10/31/1999
Building Blueprints: Entries and Common Spaces. Emphasizes the importance of a school's entrance and common areas to public perception and enjoyment. Architectural features that enhance entrance identity, welcoming, accessibility, and... 04/30/2007

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