With a marching band, an enthusiastic crowd, and perfect weather, McKendree University celebrated ground-breaking in October 2010 for a new residence hall, something that hadn't happened for 26 years. When the University selected Mackey Mitchell to design their new $14.8 million, 71,000SF student residence hall for 196 students, they specifically asked for delivery of the "wow" factor.
With increased enrollment, the need for additional housing with current amenities was imperative. McKendree wanted a living environment that would bring energy and vitality to campus life. Mackey Mitchell developed the program for two, three-story residential wings connected by a glass bridge that opens onto the main building lounge - a jewel-like, dynamic pavilion that serves as the architectural and social heart of the facility. The building was sited to reinforce the campus edge and define an open lawn used for recreation. A fitness center and multi--purpose room complete the complex.
The suite-style living units were conceived for older students. While meeting their desire for privacy, there are also many spaces designed for student interaction with glassy views to the rest of campus. The Adirondack chairs on the porch outside the building's main pavilion are a favorite student destination. The University also decided to renovate Ames Dining Hall to further complement their new housing. An aggressive renovation took place within a three-month time frame.
Passion + Perspective
We are simply delighted with our new residence halls. Mackey Mitchell has managed to completely transform our campus with a beautiful state-of-the-art building that looks like it has always belonged here.
- James M. Dennis
President, McKendree University