The newly opened Bullock Hall is the first phase of a multi-phase project to completely reimagine the Student Life Experience at ACU and redefine 2,000 renovated and new beds. The residence hall houses 248 students containing double bedrooms that are grouped in pods, each containing a study and community and private bathrooms. Other amenities include a media and gaming lounge, flexible spaces, and built-in study nooks. The ground floor features areas available to the entire campus, including indoor and outdoor community kitchens that are already proving to be a popular spot on campus.
The exterior incorporates buff brick that is layered to create shadow lines, breaking up the scale of the building while also complimenting the existing architectural language of the campus. Interiors utilize muted and calming shades of purple to evoke a sense of home while connecting to the university's brand. Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mackey Mitchell conducted multiple studies to incorporate single-user bathrooms in the same footprint as multi-user bathrooms to help reduce contact and spread of the virus, as well as ease in the mixing of genders on each floor.
Extensive programming identified and addressed the desire to enable students to build deeper relationships on campus. The result is a hall with engaging first-floor community spaces open to the entire campus, visible along the pedestrian “river” connecting the residential community. Beautiful outdoor spaces and a combination of private and social areas ensure options for each student to both reflect individually and connect with others.
We really like this idea of building out a neighborhood where our freshmen know that they’re arriving to and belonging to a space where they have cohesive experiences with other first year students.
- Shannon Kaczmarek
Director of Residence Life, Abilene Christian University
Principal in Charge / Programming Specialist