Missouri University Science and Technology
University Commons is a 449-bed apartment-style facility that houses students (primarily sophomores) in primarily eight-person apartments. Each apartment has four bedrooms, a living room, a full kitchen and two bathrooms. The building utilizes the latest security technology by providing access to rooms through the Student ID card.
Each floor has a large central community lounge and smaller group study rooms. A ‘Z’ shaped plan breaks down the scale of the building and reduces the lengths of the corridors. Windows and small seating areas at the end of each corridor bring in natural light and provide a small study spot. On the first floor, the center wing contains the community support spaces.
The project was constructed in about half the time as a typical project of this scope by using efficient construction methods and materials, including an integrated prefabricated panel system designed for quick assembly and immediate weather-proof capabilities. The facility used 19,665 sheets of 10-foot drywall and 660,000 pounds of steel coils to make the studs, tracks, and top and bottom cords of joists. The facility also features 308,000 linear feet of Cat6e wiring, used for wireless and internet connections.
Associate Architect: Lawrence Group