University of Missouri | Oak Street HousingKansas City, Missouri
Residential Living Learning Community
The new residential living learning community provides beds for 560 freshman and sophomores with a significant amount of community/living learning space. The design breaks down the building into ten communities of 50 students, each containing 24 double and two single rooms, one RA unit, a kitchenette, a social lounge and a quiet study lounge. The tight 2-3 acre site presented some design challenges due to a 40’ grade drop across the site. The resulting design is a beautiful, courtyard-style building that steps up the slope transitioning from five stories at the street level to two stories on the upper end. The design accommodates a pedestrian connection from campus to the new housing. The facility is a wood frame structure with a predominately brick exterior and a masonry ground floor. This developer lead project, with a team comprising Capstone Development, Design Collective, Inc. and Treanor Architects was on a fast track schedule for design and construction, allowing only 18 months from developer/architectural team selection to occupancy.