Ellerbe Becket to design and build residence halls on campus just north of Kansas City
Two new residence halls under construction at Park University in Parkville will accommodate 250 students in four-person suites as the university makes room for anticipated enrollment growth over the next five years.
Construction of the Copley Quad student housing project got under way earlier this fall and the buildings are expected to be open for occupancy in August 2008.
The housing project is the first in a series of developments in Park University’s master plan, which was adopted in 2006, and it marks the first new housing construction on campus since 1969. The master plan includes eight development phases for new construction or renovation of existing structures, and calls for a total of 500 student new beds. The last phase is scheduled to be completed in 2012.
Each Copley Quad suite will include about 840 square feet of furnished living space, with two bedrooms, two full bathrooms and a shared living area with an efficiency kitchen. The halls will also boast 2,500 square feet of common space with a conference/classroom, staff offices, 24-hour reception desk, laundry facilities, recreational space, a full-service kitchen, computer labs and study rooms.
The location and design of the building will offer abundant views of the campus while reflecting the history of Copley Hall, the anchor of the new quad.
The halls were designed by the architecture firm Ellerbe Becket and Sinclair Hille Architects. Ellerbe Becket Construction Services, Inc. is the project manager. That aspect is unique – the fact that it’s design-led and design-build, said Ellerbe Becket project director John Poston.
Currently, about 265 currently live on the Parkville campus. In all, Park has 26,402 students enrolled at 43 campus centers in 21 states and online.