Together with members of the Building Team, designers invited comments and participation from every college department and program. Gaining insights from Operations on energy use and the management of buildings currently on campus. Asking Residential Life Collegium for input on living, learning and working at Berea – and how that can be enhanced through student housing.
Determining an optimal building site and space requirements (“programming”) presented both challenge and opportunity for the college – while agreeing on final design concepts offered an ideal means to advance Berea’s sustainability initiatives. During design and construction, collaborations also looked at tapping the unique skills, resources and talents of students, staff and faculty:
- Berea Forestry led efforts to harvest and mill local wood for use as trim and furniture within the new residence hall.
- Student Crafts is fabricating desks, chests for bedrooms, and tables for other spaces in the building.
- An Archaeological Dig managed by students uncovered the building site’s rich history.
- Student ceramics, painting and other Fine Arts will be featured prominently throughout common areas.
- And student garden plots, located at the Berea College Farm nearby, will provide fresh, healthy food for residents.