mkc begins thomas more renaissance hall

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[Crestview, Hills]

MKC was recently awarded the contract to design a 100-bed student housing project in the center of Thomas More College’s campus. The proposed design of the residence hall embodies a contemporary take on existing campus vernacular and creates a social hub for student residents. The form derives from basilica typology - a large, open, centralized nave and gabled roof - which becomes a community space for residents. Materials and massing stem from the newly constructed campus chapel - extensive brick walls, tall expanses of glass, and a standing seam metal roof. Using natural daylight requires less energy to light and heat the space, while providing appropriate light levels for learning and studying, transforming the way of students live on campus. Thomas More is expected to be completed by August 2018. Planning for a second phase 300-bed facility is expected to begin this month.