University of Toledo – Parks Tower Renovation
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This modernization of a 1970’s-era residence tower on campus dramatically impacts more than 600 students annually - requiring a conceptual tapestry focused on their well-being and encouraging a community dynamic. The new larger gathering spaces allow students to connect socially, unwind, study, and mingle with fellow residents. Elements gleaned from hospitality design - stone, wood, metal, as well as dynamic lighting solutions that activate and articulate circulation – create the desired welcoming impression. Dramatic ceiling elements, wood and stone tones and textures, a fireplace, flat-screen televisions, and free wi-fi are intelligently integrated for the comfort of student residents. The main entry vestibule addition and widening of the access bridge signals a more recognizable and functional point of entry for residents and visitors, resolving a bottle neck and security issue; the previous entrance was captured for office and lounge areas. Upper floors received modest finish improvements to common areas, and each elevator lobby now opens to expanded lounge areas. Designed for studying and connecting, each floor is defined by a lounge activity and a designated accent color. Three of the resident floors include a kitchenette. UT alumni were engaged to create the graphic printed on each floor to highlight regional interests.