The college and architects wanted suggestions from everyone: Berea students, staff, faculty, alumni and administrators. Members of the project team offered valuable insights as well, including the HVAC contractor, structural engineer, landscape designer, general contractor and many others. This inclusive process yielded fresh ideas and different points of view. Historical perspective. And a common vision for sustainably-designed housing that reflects Berea’s core educational values and campus experience.
The design process included on-campus workshops and charrettes, participation by faculty, staff and students on multiple working groups, a student survey, and uses of social media for information gathering and distribution. The lead designers – Hellmuth + Bicknese Architects and Hastings & Chivetta Architects – recommended three distinct phases for the project: Pre‐Design, Conceptual Design and Final Design/Construction Drawings.
- Phase 1: Pre-Design & Planning. This initial stage focused on conceptual site and building designs and a sustainable student housing plan to determine the parameters necessary to add spaces for 120+ students on Berea’s campus. The first of three charrettes addressed space requirements, student life needs and objectives associated with design concepts and construction of the new residence hall.
In addition, Phase 1 included a comprehensive site analysis to determine optimal placement for the new building as well as exterior building models and massing studies to complement the existing campus architecture. Ideas were developed in conjunction with Berea’s “Sustainable Student Housing and Common Spaces Plan”, to incorporate best practices into the overall design of the facility. It was important that the design enhance residential life on campus with an inspiring living and learning atmosphere.
Focus groups with selected College programs and class projects were also held to generate input on sustainable housing while exploring opportunities for the new residence hall project. These included sessions with Sustainability & Environmental Studies (SENS), the Wood Studio Group (Forestry and Student Crafts), Agriculture and Natural Resources Department (ANR), and Berea’s Art & Art History Program.
- Phase 2: Conceptual Design. Following completion of Phase 1 elements, which establish a final approved program and budget range for the project, the design team developed three conceptual designs with input and interaction from the Building Team and SENS group. Concepts consisted of a 3-D model and associated plans and elevations, with a description of building materials and systems as required to meet established criteria. These also served as the basis for initial energy modeling and daylighting simulation to further guide development of the design.
In addition, an open house/charrette was held towards the end of this phase to introduce design concepts to the broader campus and receive any final input and comments.
- Phase 3: Final Design & Construction Drawings. Next, the design team began integrated design services to translate conceptual designs into construction documents and begin building the new residence hall. These services, based on the most appropriate project delivery method, included architectural and on-site civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering.