Commons Areas and Student Centers

Title Abstract Publication Date
Building Blueprints: From Physics Lab to Campus Center. Describes the renovation and expansion of Palmer Hall, New Jersey-based Princeton Universit's original physics laboratory, to house the Frist Campus Center. Includes before and after photographs. 05/31/2002
Building Blueprints: Multipurpose/Common Areas Profiles Philadelphia's School of the Future auditorium, featuring two turntable sections that can be reversed to become classroom space. 06/30/2008
California State University Northridge Student Recreation Center Facility includes basketball courts, a multipurpose activity court, a climbing wall, a running track, a racquetball court, fitness areas, multipurpose studios and a 7,400-square-foot leisure pool. 05/31/2012
California State University, Long Beach, Student Recreation and Wellness Center Includes 20,000 square feet of fitness areas, a three-court gymnasium, a two-court MAC, multipurpose rooms, two racquetball courts, a wellness center, staff offices and a jogging track. 05/31/2012
Campus Auxiliary Facilities: Universities Strive to Accommodate Student Desires and Future Trends. Discusses current college student expectations for housing, dining, student unions, and the campus bookstore. Several effects on facility design and management are covered, these resulting from today... 04/30/2007
Campus Centers: A Changing Lifestyle for the College. Reviews the recent proliferation of amenity-laden higher education campus centers, designed to enhance recruitment and retention by addressing quality of life issues for students. The goods and... 12/31/2004
Campus Commons. Slide show of photographs of the Campus Commons at the State University of New York at New Paltz. 04/30/2011
Campus Community Describes the design of a K-8 school that incorporates classroom clustering around a shared common area. The classrooms are clustered along a linear block of support spaces that resembles a... 12/31/1996
Campus Engagement. Profiles the Baker Patillo Student Center at Stephen F. Austin University. The participatory planning process yielded a vibrant, daylit structure that preserved adjacent green space. Photographs,... 12/31/2009
Campus Recreation Center, University of Cincinnati. Profiles this high-profile facility that combines student athletic facilities, a food court, classrooms, and even student housing. 09/30/2006
Case Study Revisit: Loyal University Information Commons. Offers a commissioning review of this notable building. The highly-glazed facility presented problems with automated operable window actuators and gaskets, and some of the 300 original desktop... 10/31/2010
Center of Attention. Illustrates how college and university student centers are becoming the institution's marketing tools. Explores how the Millennium Center at the University of Missouri in St. Louis exemplifies... 10/31/2001
Collaboration Station. Describes inviting places for groups to study collaboratively on campus, including traditional pass-through spaces, open public areas designed for collaboration on each side of the building's... 04/30/2011
Colorado State's 24-hour Study Cube Opens on Campus Describes a 24/7 study space for students on the campus of Colorado State University, that is part of a $16.8 million library renovation project. The Study Cube has flexible furniture, solar panels,... 04/27/2012
Common Areas. Describes the design of notable school common areas, including the educational context and design goals. Includes information on architects, suppliers, and cost, as well as photographs. 07/31/2002
Common Areas. Presents thirteen K-12 and higher education common areas selected for the American School & University 2004 Educational Interiors Showcase. The awards were based on the jury's estimation of... 07/31/2004
Common Areas. Profiles 12 winning common area projects in the 2010 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. Photographs and project statistics accompany a brief description of each... 07/31/2010
Common Areas. Presents 20 common school areas selected for the American School & University 2005 Educational Interiors Showcase. The projects were selected for their functionality, sustainability,... 07/31/2005
Common Areas. Profiles 11 common areas selected for the 2009 American School and University Magazine Education Interiors Showcase. The projects were chosen for their ability to integrate current and future... 07/31/2009
Common Areas. Profiles 16 K-12 and higher education common areas that were recognized in the American School and University Magazine's Educational Interiors Showcase. The projects were selected for their... 07/31/2008
Common Areas. Profiles 20 K-12 and higher education common areas honored in American School and University Magazine's Educational Interiors Showcase. The projects were selected for their high performance... 07/31/2007
Common Areas. Presents fourteen K-12 and higher education common areas selected for the American School & University 2006 Educational Interiors Showcase. The projects were chosen for their creative renovations... 07/31/2006
Commons Sense. Explains how a commons area can serve both the school and community by becoming a cost-effective, spacesaving asset to the school building. The commons area is examined as a place for interaction.... 12/31/1998
Computer Labs Get Rebooted as Lounges: New Gathering Places for Laptop Users Help Colleges Save on Upkeep. This discusses new gathering places for laptop users that may help colleges reduce expenses. More than 11% of colleges and universities are phasing out computer labs or plan to do so. New spaces... 12/05/2009
Constructing the Interdisciplinary Ivory Tower: The Planning of Interdisciplinary Spaces on University Campuses. Examines how universities plan and nurture interdisciplinary space on campus, based on a survey of strategic and campus master plans from 21 universities defined as very high research institutions by... 03/31/2008

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