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Coming Down (And Going Up)

Kathy Ulkus By: Kathy Ulkus

A comprehensive transformation is happening on the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale.  MMA and SIUC are reimagining the existing residential complex of 1960s Brutalist high-rise residential buildings into a new vision of creating contemporary, inviting housing lodges. Enhanced by SIUC’s beautiful wooded site, the university’s  residential district is planned and designed to become a receptive and engaging community experience.

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Phase 1 of the new residential village will be two five-story lodges that are more appropriately scaled to the picturesque, rolling landscape.   The traditional residential units of both lodges are designed around a pod style configuration that helps the students feel a part of the community while giving them a level of intimacy not possible in the current offering.  By moving from 13 story towers to the new 5 story lodges, the residential village will help enhance recruitment, encourage student success and promote behavioral expectations.

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Mackey Mitchell principal John Burse and architect Clay Phillips will be joined by SIUC Director of University Housing, Jon Shaffer to present “From High-Rises to Contemporary Lodges: Redefining the Community Experience,” in our first of three lectures at ACUHO-I conference in Orlando.  The presentation is scheduled for the June 29 session (Block 7) from 4:30 -5:30 pm.