Commons Areas and Student Centers

Title Abstract Publication Date
Creating a Living Room on Campus. Seegers Student Union at Muhlenberg College. Seegers Student Union at Muhlenberg College has been reconstructed to serve as the core of social life on campus. 05/31/2012
Designing New Schools: The Race for Space Research shows that for effective learning to occur, children must be actively involved. They need space to work with a wide variety of materials, share ideas, and present their findings. Architects... 02/28/1997
Designing New Schools: The Race for Space Research shows that for effective learning to occur, children must be actively involved. They need space to work with a wide variety of materials, share ideas, and present their findings. Architects... 02/28/1997
Designing Student Spaces for Community Colleges: How Four Schools in Oregon Did It. Describes how Oregon's Linn-Benton Community College, Lane Community College, Chemeketa Community College, and Portland Community College Cascade recently created areas specifically for their... 04/30/2003
Diana Center. Details construction of mixed-use student center, classroom, and studio building at Barnard College. Particular attention is given to non-traditional use of glass walls. Sectional drawings, plans,... 05/31/2010
Dining Areas and Student Commons. Reviews the reconfiguration of the dining area and student commons at NewYork City's Dalton school. The opening of an adjacent corridor eliminated congestion and redesign of the serving area... 10/31/2008
Driven by Demographics. Student Activity Center Design Must Consider All Constituencies. When designing a student services center, it's essential to remember that every school, every student and every project is different. Student populations continually change, and technological... 02/29/2012
Efficiency By the Book. Profiles Loyola University Chicago's Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons Building. The abundant high performance features of this bookless learning commons are detailed in text, diagrams,... 03/31/2010
Extreme Makover at Pomona. Profiles the $9.7 renovation of a Pomona College campus center that was only eight years old. In spite of thoughtful design that involved the entire community, the building was largely ignored by the... 03/06/2008
Facility Focus: Bookstores/Retail Spaces. Profiles three recent college bookstore facilities that promote interaction through inclusion of lounge and study areas, food service, and natural lighting. 07/31/2007
Facility Focus: Campus Bookstores. Describes four new large campus bookstores, which serve as multifunctional retail environments emulating off-campus retail ventures, and typically operated by outside vendors. 10/31/2005
Facility Focus: Libraries/Learning Commons. Profiles library renovations and additions at Ohio State University and Atlanta University. Expanded user spaces and hours have established these libraries as campus social as well as knowledge... 06/30/2011
Facility Focus: Student Activity Areas. Discusses the design of student activity facilities that are showpieces containing both business and entertainment elements. Four examples are highlighted including a performing arts center, a... 02/28/2001
Facility Focus: Student Centers. Describes advances in green construction at University of Vermont, Dudley H. Davis Student Center; Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), Student Success Center; University of La Verne,... 03/31/2010
Facility Focus: Student Centers. Profiles new student centers at Wright State University, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Shenandoah University. Their welcoming interiors and student amenities are described. 10/31/2008
Facility Focus: Student Centers/Health Services. Profiles new student health and services facilities at Pennsylvania State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The respective service areas and sustainable features of these large... 06/30/2009
Facility Focus: Student Unions. Describes new student unions at Texas Tech University and Broward Community. The former combines native materials and agricultural motifs into an exuberant architectural statement. The latter... 11/30/2005
Facility Focus: Student Unions. Describes the design of the Gladys Sakowich Campus Center at Merrimack College and Stark Student Center at Briar Cliff University. 01/31/2003
First LEED Platinum Building in the UT System Case study of the LEED Platinum, University of Texas at Dallas Student Services Building. The student center has a custom exterior terra cotta louver system that provides an energy efficient shading... 02/29/2012
Following the Food: Where Students Eat. Traces the history of higher education campus dining facilities design and describes current trend to accommodate faculty and student desires to eat anywhere at anytime. Several examples of new and... 03/24/2005
Four More Trends in Higher-Education Facilities Examines trends in college buildings focusing on new classroom designs, flexible space, collaboration areas, and the evolving role of the university library. 04/30/2012
Furnishing for Community: The Impact of Cell Phones on Social Spaces. Examines facility response to cell phone use, where traditional dedicated destination meeting spaces are more effective than casual meeting spaces, since students will typically network by mobile... 09/30/2008
Furnishing for Students. Recounts how the University of Georgia kept students in the loop when selecting furniture and furnishings for the recent expansion of the Tate Student Center. 09/30/2011
Genius Loci: MacConnell Award Projects + Ewan Mclntosh's Seven Spaces Given the surge of technology use in the 21st century, explores the defining characteristics of schools of the future: group spaces, secret spaces, publishing spaces, performing spaces, participation... 11/30/2011
Georgia Gwinnett College Student Center. Case study of 81,000-square-foot, multifunction facility that combines dining, retail, office, and meeting space with areas for formal and informal events. The first floor has a 700-seat indoor/... 09/30/2011

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