The Project

In the mid-1990s TCU made the decision to have a more active, residential campus and to raise the bar on student life. The TCU, KSQ and Biddison Hier team proposed to move parking to the edge of campus and turn the giant parking lot in the center into Campus Commons–a green space twice the size of a football field with a student union, dining hall, and four upper division residence halls.

KSQ designed four residence halls in suite-style configurations with each student having their own bedroom and laundry rooms located on every other floor. The four residence halls house 628 upper division TCU students.

Respecting the existing Greek Revival-style architecture on the TCU campus was vital. Contextual materials including brick, stone and Ludowici roof tiles were used to unify the new structures. The connection of interior spaces with exterior courtyards, arcades and plazas, and the expansive lawn creates a more urban and interactive experience for students. Campus Commons has transformed student life at TCU into a true residential campus with a geographic center comprised of vast green space and a stunning mix of buildings where students now live, eat, play, socialize and engage.

The Details

Project Type: Master Planning and New Construction
Project Size: 217,000 SF
Completed: 2008
Client: Texas Christian University
Services: Planning, Architecture and Interior Design
Awards: Honorable Mention/Video* (SMPS Marketing Communications Awards, 2015)

“KSQ understands the components of the University’s masterplan and how the residence hall work fits into the total concept for the university… We have found each of the principals and the staff to be knowledgeable and committed to a high quality product… KSQ has been very attentive to our needs, offered creative solutions to our problems, and has responded in a timely way to the project deadlines… Each project has been completed on time, within budget and to our complete satisfaction. KSQ staffers are excellent in the programming stage, serious listeners, creative designers, and superb in project management.”
– Don Mills, Ph.D, former Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, TCU

“KSQ demonstrates their greatest strength is their ability to truly listen to the client and respond to the client’s ideas and needs… They did a great job for us and truly made us feel a major part of the planning and the finished product.”
– Roger Fisher, Director of Residential Services, TCU