Social-study spaces that bring students out of their rooms
In theory, residence hall lounges and common areas provide easy, accessible spaces to meet friends, hang out and study in a semi-social environment. They can be an important element in building community and fostering students’ psychosocial development, especially in a first-year residence.
Yet in reality, students too often remain in their rooms, leaving these spaces underused or even empty. How do you entice students to use the spaces that are meant for their own success?
Treanor Architects, along with the University of Kansas and support from Steelcase Furniture, conducted a controlled research study at Sam Houston State University to find the answer. Here’s what they found:
Shoptalk—deciphering architectural and historic preservation jargon one word at a time!
Caen stone plaster
a type of plaster mixed to look like the limestone quarried in northwestern France near the city of Caen, Normandy; a blend of colored sand, pigment, mica and quartz that reproduces the sparkling look and texture of limestone (Sources: Cyril M. Harris, Illustrated Dictionary of Historic Architecture, Dover Publications, Inc., 1977.; Specialty Plaster LLC, Caenstone, accessed Feb. 4, 2016, http://www.specialtyplasterllc.com/.)
Caen stone plaster was created in an attempt to replicate the yellowish color and rippled-figure texture of the Caen stone used to build churches and prominent buildings in the medieval period. The plaster was popular from the late 1800s to the early 1900s and was applied over either lath or masonry as the finish coat or in all three coats of plaster. (Source: Association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry, Wachuwannano, accessed Feb 4, 2016, http://www.awci.org/cd/pdfs/0203_wac.pdf.)
First, let's look at an example of Caen stone.
The Church of Saint-Pierre, constructed between the early 13th and 16th centuries in Caen, is an example of a building with Caen stone. Note the light, creamy-yellow color of the limestone. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons, Martin', https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Caensaintpierre.jpg, accessed Feb. 4, 2016.)
Now for an example of Caen stone plaster.
Caen stone plaster is present in the Great Overland Station's main waiting room. Drawings from the 1927 building, located in Topeka, Kan., show where "imitation Caen stone" should be installed.
Caen stone plaster was use to decorate a portion the waiting room walls.
This original elevation of the main waiting room clock indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.
The main waiting room clock wall after restoration.
This original elevation of the main waiting room wall facing the street indicates where "imitation Caen stone" should be used.
The main waiting room after restoration.
The 93rd Annual Missouri Hospital Association Convention and Tradeshow, held in November, inspired us to conduct another drawing for tradeshow attendees to enter to win a chance to donate to an organization - of their choice! - that promotes health and wellness in their community. It is a small way to show our appreciation to the healthcare industry professionals that work so hard and we hope these contributions make a real impact in the communities that receive them.