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5 Favorite Features: OSU University Commons

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University Commons is the newest housing project on the Oklahoma State University (OSU) campus consisting of three KSQ designed residence halls in an adapted traditional layout. The buildings house more than 900 students, have a modified Georgian exterior, and are united by a grand pedestrian quad. We asked members of our interior design team to share their favorite features from the project, and their responses offer insight into the design intent and how great design helps build campus community. more

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Reclaiming the Res Hall: A Student Housing Before & After Story

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Colby Hall is an all-female residence hall built in 1957 and KSQ’s latest completed project at Texas Christian University (TCU). The project was completed in time for students to return to the building this fall and they've quickly created a new Colby community in the hall. But getting them there required a complete gutting of the building and taking the space from 1957 to 2015 in student life design. Here's how our team did it: more

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Classroom Makeover Delivers “Big Wow” for Teacher and Students

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This week a KSQ design team’s efforts brought a teacher to tears–happy ones. Over the weekend, we completed our third annual Project Classroom makeover for a deserving and dedicated public school teacher at Grissom Elementary in Tulsa Public Schools. Her reaction at the “big reveal” Monday morning made all the hard work well worth it! more

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Throwback: Student Housing at University of Colorado Boulder

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Last week on the University of Colorado Boulder campus we witnessed the demolition of the Darley Commons  to create space for the new Village Center Dining and Community Commons building (KSQ's current project on the CU Boulder campus). It was definitely a moment to pause and reflect on the history of the campus (Darley was built in 1969), and it inspired us to create this throwback blog to our first project with CU Boulder and share unseen images from the project. Join us as we throw it back three years ago to the award-winning Kittredge Complex student housing project. more

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5 Tips of Advice: My Summer Internship at KSQ

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by Julie Bryan, Oklahoma University When I first got the email that I was offered an internship with KSQ, I was sitting in class. I was so excited, I actually had to step out to control my silent screams (and to jump around a bit)! I had done my research on the firm and after meeting them at the OU College of Architecture job fair, I knew this was a place I wanted to continue my design education. I was a little intimidated by their success and the size of some of their projects but after my interview I was sold and I wanted everything they could teach me. more

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Don’t Forget the Sun as Key Design Feature for Senior Living.

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When I began studying gerontology (the social, psychological, cognitive and biological aspects of aging) and researching senior living design, I toured dozens of existing senior living communities across the United States. Whether the property was upscale or inexpensive, I noticed the lack of natural light and outdoor experience spaces across the board. The design was counter-intuitive to the research and the need for designs that provided more than shelter, food and medical services was apparent. more

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KSQ Selected as Lead Design Firm for New Community Wellness and Health Innovation Hub at WCU

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Western Carolina University (WCU) is adding a second building to its 344-acre Millennial Campus near Cullowhee, North Carolina. The project is part of WCU's Millennial Initiative and the space allows WCU faculty and staff to partner and collaborate with private firms, government agencies and non-profits, and to create and enhance economic development in the region. KSQ's Charlotte office is leading the project which fuses higher education and healthcare design. Here's a video tour of the design: more

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Why WELL? Going Beyond Design to Total Health

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Over the past few decades professionals involved in the planning and construction of buildings have grown increasingly concerned about the impact of the built environment over the planet and humankind. Third-party building certification systems such as LEED, Green Globes, and Energy Star have been developed to evaluate and rate the performance of projects while also serving as a sustainability guide during design and construction. Recently The WELL Building Standard was created and launched as another certification system, but WELL certification focuses specifically on human health and well-being and evaluates the impact of the built environment on people’s mental and physical health. more

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KSQ Makes the List

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KSQ recently received top industry rankings based on staff satisfaction and revenue growth – and we couldn't be prouder. more

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Catch Up with KSQ

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KSQ is off to a busy summer. All seven regional offices are hectic right now with teams wrapping up projects, and we can't wait to share the final photos and details on The Garret. But first, we have some firm-wide news, events, project wins, and awards to announce: more

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New Hospital Addition Prescribes More Space for Patient Care

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Dosher Memorial Hospital and KSQ celebrated the third and final phase of the hospital’s renovation and expansion this past week with the opening and dedication of the Dr. Robert Zukoski Patient Care Unit. KSQ Principal Wayne Gregory, AIA, attended the ceremony and shared in the culmination of this healthcare design project. more

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Throwback: KSQ Designs for the Fashion Big Top

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Fashion and interior design are two industries starting to collide and collaborate more, with fashion designers (like Zac Posen) embarking on interior design projects and interior designers (like Philippe Starck) trying their hand at fashion design. Such was the case when members of KSQ’s interior design team participated in the IIDA TX OK’s 2015 Color & Couture Fashion Show. Join us for a Throwback Thursday look at KSQ’s part in “The Big Show.” more

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Education by Design: Our Lego Class Lays the Foundation

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What do you get when you mix architects, interior designers, 5th graders, Legos and the Spanish language? An incredible dual language STEM project experience! Our team recently had the opportunity to work with students at Eisenhower International School where they are immersed in Spanish in their classroom. Since several of our staff speak Spanish as their native language, we thought this would be a great combination of sharing their language as well as what we do in our profession. We were right. more

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KSQ Opens South Carolina Office

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KSQ has opened an office in Charleston, South Carolina. The new presence is the result of the former Charleston practice of Clancy Wells Architects joining KSQ. more

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This Multipurpose Dining Hall Knows How to Multi-task

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The KSQ designed Multipurpose Dining Hall is now open on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus, and the 39,200 SF building takes its "multipurpose" title seriously. The space offers multiple dining platforms, an outdoor amphitheater, Greek Life offices, meeting spaces and multiple areas to study, socialize, watch TV or recharge-one's self or one's electronic devices. It's just the "multipurpose" needed for today's busy college student. more

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When My Worlds Collide: Returning to High School with a Different Perspective

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I wasn't overly fond of high school. I was painfully shy, my world was small, and cell phones didn’t exist so I couldn’t hide behind my phone scrolling through social media. Recently, I returned to my high school campus, and instead of being the reluctant, shy student I once was, I was the confident professional supporting Kingston High School both as a 1982 graduate and as a team member from KSQ–the firm chosen for a comprehensive and historic re-imaging of the school’s 100-year old campus. more

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Addition to elementary school makes an entrance.

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A new addition to an elementary school in South Carolina creates a dramatic entrance for parents and students, centralizes administrative offices and creates much-needed classroom spaces. more

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The old stomping grounds: Senior living trend takes us back to campus.

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As (my) Baby Boomer generation inches closer and closer to both retirement and our "golden years" of a senior lifestyle, more and more of this generation are seeking an intellectually stimulating lifestyle where we can engage in multigenerational experiences and events sponsored by our alma mater such as university courses, lectures, art exhibits, music performances as well as football and basketball games. Active seniors often choose to reside in a university-based retirement community that provides the vitality and energy associated with campus life. Who can blame them? more