The Project

KSQ designed The Transformative Learning Quadrangle, or “The Quad,” at UCO to help the university create a more residential campus community and create an environment geared towards academic success. The team took empty fields and created an approximately 124,000 SF, four-story living-learning center that offers 440 beds and is equipped with amenities to cover both social and study needs of UCO students.

UCO is guided by six core value tenets that are both the mission and concept of Transformative Learning at the University. Our design used the tenets as both a guiding force and design inspiration with key words from the tenets incorporated into the interiors. Also inside the halls are historic photographs from the University’s archives since the client’s intent is to build firmly on the school’s history while looking towards the future. The photographs (hand selected by the University President) were turned into vinyl wallcoverings in common spaces.

The Quad has an academic wing with multipurpose space, writing center, a Residence Director living suite, open tutorial space and a computer lab. Residents of The Quad share pods of five double-occupancy rooms and a bathroom. Each floor is divided into “neighborhoods” of 40 residents and each neighborhood has a social lounge and two study rooms.

Common areas include 12 social lounges, 22 study rooms, a 3,000 SF lobby, a movie screening room, and laundry facilities. The Quad also offers full community kitchens allowing students to cook and share meals together, or attend a cooking demonstration by UCO’s executive chef. On the fourth floor a Creative Suite overlooks a courtyard and provides space for artistic student projects (and a sink for easy clean up). Students have free cable TV, Wi-Fi, and laundry facilities in their residence hall as well.

The Details

Project Type: New Construction
Project Size: 124,000 SF approx.
Completed: 2015
Client: University of Central Oklahoma
Services: Planning, Programming, Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Design

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