Purdue University, Owen Hall Laundry

West Lafayette, Indiana

  • FIRM

    Rowland Design


    Purdue University

  • AREA

    3,000 sq.ft.





Imagine doing laundry in a space that is devoid of natural light, is stifling hot with no air conditioning, has a low ceiling and, in general, is a drab and uninspiring environment. For college students at Purdue University, the old space lacked any study or socializing opportunities.

The university envisioned Owen Laundry as yet another space within a ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONASSOCIATED FIRML`Acquis Consulting Engineers; Beau Mitchell CorporationCOST PER SQ FT$105.00FEATURED IN2009 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYResidence Halls/Lounges hall that would enhance the student-life experience, thereby attracting and retaining students.

Lighting was improved using a combination of fluorescent, pendant and track lighting, bringing more energy into the space despite a low ceiling.

Separate areas were created for doing laundry, studying and watching TV. Glass partitions were used to not only bring light in through all areas, but also create a necessary sound barrier.

Program requirements included adding the much-needed air conditioning, additional washers and dryers, and upgrading furniture and finishes, creating splashes of bright color throughout.

Another entry was designed to encourage students to use the revitalized space—another opportunity to stimulate learning.