Mackey Mitchell was charged with the renovation of a 1950’s residence hall. Historically an all women’s hall, the University of Kansas wanted to modify the 96,000sf building for co-ed populations. Formerly an ADA nightmare, the architects had to make decisions with impact. With the help of highly customized elevators, all floors are now accessible.
Following multiple charettes around campus with students, the design was further informed by student’s wishes for more social spaces and a greater level of natural light in the building. Vertical connections between public spaces were improved and an open central stair was introduced to provide a visual connection to public areas and lounges.