Florida State University, New Apartment Facility

Tallahassee, Florida

  • FIRM

    KBJ Architects


    Florida State University

  • AREA

    200,000 sq.ft.





The master plan for the Ragan Hall Complex at Florida State University (FSU) called for 600 new student beds to be situated on a two-acre site in the center of campus. The four L-shaped buildings, five stories in height, are configured on the sloping site to create a series of exterior quads that define a unique sense of place on the large urban campus.

The image of ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$118.50FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges new complex references its historical context through the use of materials, detailing and building form, but also expresses the apartment unit through a contemporary organization and interpretation of the bay window. The typical apartment—bifocated four-bedroom, two-bath layout with living and dining spaces and a full kitchen—celebrates the individual student’s unique position within the university community. The lowered roofline on the upper floors creates sloped ceilings with dormer windows and reduces the overall scale of the complex, similar to the original campus housing, circa 1853.

The new student residence facility, in concert with the adjacent existing Student Life Building, creates a complete urban student life experience in the heart of the FSU campus.