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University of Iowa – Residence Hall Design

Iowa City, Iowa

Confluence has been involved with the following residence hall design and planning efforts for the University of Iowa Campus:

West Campus Residence Hall Campus Master Plan: This project is the first phase of implementation of the West Campus Residence Area Master Plan. Confluence was part of the master plan team, and was instrumental in creating a plan which develops a continuous student services zone. The construction of a new 500-bed residence hall facility, community center, and site development will establish the hub of future West Campus development.

This site is populated with many, well-established overstory trees, and the overall site design preserves as many of these trees as possible. The large open space between Quadrangle and Hillcrest will become two intimate quad spaces with the placement of the new facility. The U-shape created by the new residence hall and community center, in combination with Hillcrest, creates a great lawn space for active recreation, outdoor study, and organized events of all types. A smaller, more intimate outdoor space will now be available, with two sand volleyball courts.

Daum Hall Streetscape and Entry Improvements: As a circa 1970 residence hall at the University of Iowa, Daum Hall’s frontage along the Clinton Street corridor had been neglected for decades. The University selected Confluence to prepare design improvements resulting in a space that is both pedestrian friendly and low maintenance.

Brick column bases, benches and street trees were combined with colored concrete paving to create a vibrant streetscape environment, encouraging student interaction while accommodating large volumes of foot traffic. Confluence worked within a limited budget and successfully updated the Clinton streetscape both functionally and aesthetically.