Location: Big Rapids, Michigan
Ferris State University is a growing organization offering a multitude of academic programs to a diverse student population. As the university has been growing, they have exhibited a commitment to improving the delivery of knowledge in addition to crafting an on-campus student life experience that enhances learning and social growth for students. As part of this commitment, Ferris State re-examined their master plan for student housing and found a lack of offerings for students that would link the heart of campus with an ever-expanding number of programs in the northern quadrant of campus.
The 420 bed North Hall facility embodies its goals of creating a freshman resident life experience that is connected, both physically and visually, to the center of campus; that reinforces the active learning lifestyle of its students; and that creates a more holistic environment for Living and Learning.
North Hall enhances the university’s current resident life experiences by forming a stronger alliance between student life and learning activities. Active classrooms are located directly adjacent to the resident hall community kitchen, fitness areas, and hall lounges. This connectivity promotes impromptu interactions between students who both live in the hall and those visiting to take classes. The lounges and nearby study rooms also double as break out areas for students to collaborate both during and outside of class time.
North Hall is situated near the heart of campus. The hall lounges open to the campus center and the University Life Center, so students can see other activity and be seen by fellow students. Campus vehicular traffic was re-routed to create a more unified campus plan. The basic conceptual plan forms from a goal to create a sense of arrival for students experiencing college for the first time as freshman and to keep the plan compact encouraging outdoor student activities and socializing.
Project completion: September 2017