Keene State College, Living + Learning Commons

Project Info
Keene State College, Living + Learning Commons
Completion: 2016
Square Footage: 85,000

Keene State College is transitioning to Residential Learning Communities (RLC) as part of their first year experience. Pondside IV is the first phase of implementation. The goal of the project is to provide residents with the types of spaces that support an RLC. The program includes 350 beds for first-year students, with 90% of the beds in double-occupancy rooms and 10% in single-occupancy.

One of the outcomes of the programming process was to define the proportional relationship of community size to common space, and of the RLC classrooms to the campus at large. This intentional programming and planning directly relates to the design concept of a series of 30-person communities that come together in the hub. The hub is the vertical catalyst that provides space to connect socially and visually across campus through large windows. The ground level has three main areas of program activity: the central area for the building residents with a family-style kitchen, game room, and lounge; three classrooms and café, which have a separate entry with dual access to the main lounge; and the administrative zone of the ground level, which has office and meeting space for the residential advisors and residential director, faculty apartment, residential director apartment, and bike storage.