The Kolbe-Clare Residence Hall was designed and constructed in 10 months to accommodate the school’s rapid growth and need for on-campus housing. Meeting the schedule required the use of durable, simple, off- the-shelf materials.
Several objectives in planning and design were achieved to meet the university’s goals:
masonry materials, TCS roofing and the center CAPACITY131COST PER SQ FT$122.38FEATURED IN1999 Architectural Portfolio enhance the vocabulary of campus buildings and promote an “Italian hilltown” image; the building is broken into wings with varying roof pitches, allowing the scale of the 37,000-square-foot facility to fit with the campus context; outdoor gathering space is created between new and existing dormitories.
The plan enhances a sense of community within the dorm and provides the latest technology to students where they reside. The program also facilitates the Christian mission of the university by including:
the building centers on an atrium lounge and study area; residential wings are divided into households, having spaces for study, prayer and fellowship; the dorm includes a chapel for daily meditation, and modest rooms provide the spirit of St. Francis in daily living.
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