“ . . . Decreasing dorm size and increasing community space should be a trend . . . form in which they made this 70’s building fit is striking . . . playful . . .”
A key planning strategy to enhance the resident-life culture was shifting square footage to community-life spaces from private dorm spaces. Students report great satisfaction with the increased community amenities and appreciate a smaller room that also comes with a smaller price tag: approximately 10% lower. The building frames exterior spaces in between, creating distinctive courtyards that are now shared with the 70’s era dorm that lacked quality outdoor space. As a result, interest in the old dorm has increased. Together the two halls frame one distinctive and memorable place on campus.
“One of the key values of our residence life area is to challenge students to move beyond self into community,” says Brian Phillips, Senior Director of Facilities Management at Biola. “The building design encourages students to live together in community rather than in isolation, embodying the culture and values of the university. The project met the financial requirements of the bond issue and provided a highly affordable new housing option for students,” he adds.
Millie and Severson General Contractors and Gensler