Indiana Wesleyan University, Upper Class Lodges

Marion, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Design Collaborative


    Indiana Wesleyan University

  • AREA

    78,855 sq.ft.





The three Upper Class Lodges at Indiana Wesleyan University bring to life the concept of campus community. Students enter the lodge through a primary front entrance into a two-story gathering area with a fireplace, casual lounge areas and a bistro. The lodges have an open-air feel with exposed architectural trusses and large windows in all community rooms. The roof ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$102.72FEATURED IN2006 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges in each lodge bring in natural light that fills the central gathering area.

Most important, the lodges’ design helps to create community by prompting students to move through the gathering area to reach their suites. Students need only to step outside their front door to observe and get involved in the interaction and activities of their lodgemates. The lodges were designed and constructed with a modular construction method in less than eight months, and were open for students for the fall 2005 semester.

Each of the three Upper Class Lodges houses 80 students—a total of 240 beds. Students have the choice of two- or three-bedroom suites surrounding the community space.