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NEW DINING HALL CREATES HUB OF STUDENT COMMUNITY

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Food brings students together–so do breathtaking views. At the University of Colorado Boulder, campus leaders combine these two magnets to create the new Village Center-Dining & Community Commons, a multifaceted project with views of the Flatiron Mountains designed to create a much-needed space for students to come home to in Williams Village. A short fifteen minute walk from the main campus, Williams Village offers an existing tight-knit community but lacks a modern dining facility, student service spaces, and a place for students to claim as their own. KSQ was given the unique opportunity to participate in bringing about the realization of the village model and designing its symbolic heart and center piece. more

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Spotlight: KSQ’s Design for 25 Greek Chapter Houses at TCU

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Student Housing Business shared the first project images for the 25 Greek chapter houses KSQ has designed for the Worth Hills Village development on the Texas Christian University (TCU) campus. The new home for 25 TCU fraternity and sorority chapters will be within 11 buildings and complement the Multipurpose Dining Hall and three upper class residence halls KSQ has completed over the last two years in the development. The designs reveal a Greek Village within Worth Hills comprised of a series of small, interconnected buildings in a park-like setting with features that create community and embrace Greek culture and ceremony. more

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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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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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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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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

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If you build it, they will swim: World Class K12 Aquatic Center funded by bond

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Votes area being cast this month and next on Oklahoma K12 bond issues, and this has us reflecting on KSQ projects that wouldn't have been possible without bond funding. For example, The Jenks Trojan Aquatic Center was made possible by a 2009 bond issue and KSQ, SHW Group and Flintco completed the project in 2011. Since the new center opened it has expanded the school's team, doubled in community swimmers, hosted an NCAA meet and will host Olympic hopefuls next month during the Speedo Champions Series Central Section Region VIII Championship. It's a center that parents requested and bond money made possible. Look back with us and see how we gave the school's highly competitive swimming program an aquatic center worthy of its long tradition of swimming excellence and a school facility with a reputation:

"One word of caution about swimming here though is that it will spoil all your other pool experiences because the pool here is truly world class." ~ Ramblen travel guide
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Residential college model the focus here at SMU

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Student housing on a grand scale is the defining characteristic of the new Residential & Dining Commons at Southern Methodist University. The sheer scope of the project—1,250 beds in five residence halls, a 500-seat dining commons and an 800-car parking structure – is massive, even by Texas standards. But the detailed Georgian-style architecture paired with high-quality materials, including slate roofing, brick and high-performance glass also contribute to the impressive nature of this project that opened to students in August. more

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New science wing fit for wizards (and Muggles)

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Our latest K12 school unveiling happened recently at Rye High School in Rye, NY, one of the top public high schools in the nation. This science wing addition was showcased last weekend during a ribbon cutting and ceremonial opening (complete with a performance by the school's string quartet, student-led tours of the new science wing and classroom demonstrations by the science teachers – a really comprehensive affair!). KSQ Principal Armand Quadrini, AIA, LEED AP, also learned at the event that many parents and students in the school district are referring to KSQ's latest K-12 design as "Hogwarts." Not a bad comparison, we'd say. more

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Daylighting helps students make the grade

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guest post by Bob Ford, President & CEO, SerraLux Daylighting In Schools We want what’s best for our kids, right? One way my own kids revitalize during the long school day is by having their all-important recess breaks. At recess, they go outside and move their bodies in tune with nature, taking in fresh air and sunshine. When I ask them what is their favorite class, “recess” is always their answer! So I figure, why limit the “feel good” benefits to the outdoors? Let’s bring some nature into the classroom and let our kids feel the benefits throughout the day. more

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Why our buildings must balance connections with people, technology

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Not long ago I visited a museum that was advertised as highly interactive. And interactive it was. One could hear the words of history from the participants themselves. Technology was brought to life through video, touch screens and “intelligent tables.” I found myself presented with a history that I never knew, and reinforcement of history that I was already familiar with. In the three hours that I spent there, I learned a lot. But only later when I discussed my experience with the other people in our group did that knowledge truly come to life and deepen my understanding. more

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Student Housing Crunch

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When resident enrollment surpasses bed count, just about everyone suffers. Overflow students are crowded into makeshift lounges and study rooms, nearby hotels, or RA rooms. Resident staff must manage larger-than-expected communities. Even those lucky students who score a standard room with only one roommate still lose out when community space is occupied by unfortunate latecomers. Parents become involved when they feel they're being short-changed for tuition and fee expenses, or their children are being short-changed on their university experience. more

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Creating an effective campus environment

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A young man of my acquaintance was recently touring college campuses.  Like thousands of high school juniors he was looking for that perfect place to continue his preparation for adulthood.  He wouldn’t put it that way, of course.  For him it was “Can I see myself in this place?”  “Will I do well here?”  “What will life be like here?”  So what were his responses?  About one campus he said, “I’m not feelin’ it.  Too old and institutional.”  At another place he said, “This is my new #1.”  Why?  “The buildings were new and I felt comfortable.” more