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University of Kansas: Daisy Hill Commons / Oswald + Self Residence Halls
University of Kansas
700 beds / 197,000sf / Two Halls / $44M
Two new freshman-focused residence halls provide a mix of public and private areas for group collaboration and study on KU’s campus.
Confluence led site planning and design efforts to position two new residence halls to replace the existing McCollum Hall, which was removed from the complex. The new five-story buildings ar home to approximately 350 students each, incorporating study and relaxation spaces for student use. Our landscape architects guided final building location and overall site design to create a new shared open space framed by the buildings.
The challenge of this sloped site created opportunities to integrate a series of terraced lawns with ample seating. A central trail connection weaves through the complex while also serving emergency access needs. Our team also revamped the site circulation and parking - moving them to the perimeter of the complex to create an internal, pedestrian-friendly central green.