What: Ground-breaking for two new freshman-focused residence halls on Daisy Hill.
When: 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 5
Where: Lied Center Pavilion
An informal reception will follow the ground-breaking.
Jeffrey S. Vitter, provost and executive vice chancellor; Tammara Durham, vice provost for Student Affairs; Diana Robertson, director, KU Student Housing; Taylor Hanna, president, Association of University Residence Halls.
The construction plan
When complete, this $47.8 million project will combine with existing renovated residence halls to form the signature look of a residential quadrangle on Daisy Hill. The two new residence halls will be five-story buildings with 350 residents each in two- and four-person suites as well as single-occupancy suites. The connecting commons building will include a service desk, administrative offices, living room, kitchen and game room on the main level. The second story will be an academic services area, including a classroom, conference rooms (for advising, tutoring and group study), a media technology room and study areas. The commons building will be shared by all residents of Daisy Hill. The project team includes Treanor Architects, Lawrence, and contractors Weitz/BA Green, Lenexa and Lawrence.
Academic features benefit all Daisy Hill residents
The two-story academic space, the Commons, is located between the buildings to serve all Daisy Hill residents. The Commons will feature a digital production room, study spaces and classroom with Smart Board technology. The Commons also will host math and Writing Center tutoring, opportunities to collaborate with staff members from First-Year Experience, Information Technology, KU Libraries and KU Advising Center. Dining services also will operate a mini-mart serving all of Daisy Hill.
- Ground-breaking: March 5
- In September, students may sign online contract for 2015-2016.
- Construction completion date: July 2015
- First students welcomed: August 2015
- McCollum razed: Summer 2015. McCollum’s footprint becomes a surface parking lot. Furniture and interiors will be reused, and metal materials will be reused or recycled. Masonry and concrete will be crushed for gravel fill.