Portfolio: Higher Education
Williams Village East Residence Hall
University of Colorado – Boulder
$84,600,000; After completing Williams Village North together in 2011, the University of Colorado Boulder looked once again to alm2s and the principals at KWK Architects to design another new residence hall as part of the Whiting Turner design-build team.
The new 7-story, 177,600 sq. ft. residence hall will house 700 students in 20 communities of 35 beds each. Each community includes a study room and open lounge. The floor plan is articulated with two main vertical communication cores serving two and three communities. In order to break up the building’s large scale, the floors drop down from 7 to 4 stories creating a cascade effect.
The open first floor includes most of the community spaces, multipurpose rooms, open student kitchen and open lounge/great room. The transfer slab on the second floor allows for the transition from load bearing walls to the open first floor with columns, creating the necessary flexibility for public spaces. The reception desk is located in the “center of gravity” of the first floor, with clear view of the three main entrances to the building on the north, south and east.
A strong relationship between the interior community spaces and the exterior was created, with open terraces connecting to the lounges. Especially important was the relationship between the 2,000 sq. ft. great room and the south terrace, all facing the open Village Green.
The facility is being designed toward “Gold” certification, using the U. S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) LEED Green Building Rating System. alm2s provided full architectural, interior design and engineering design services, and is the Architect of Record for the project.