Wed, Oct 17 2012
LeTourneau University’s new South Residence Hall has been recognized for excellence by a national jury of architects. The newest addition to LETU residence halls will be featured in the American School & University 2012 Architectural Portfolio honoring education design excellence.
The building will be featured in the November 2012 issue and also on the Web at www.SchoolDesigns.com.
“A vibrant residential learning environment is one of our priorities at LeTourneau University,” said LETU President Dr. Dale A. Lunsford. “This competition honors design excellence and effective learning environments and we are most pleased South Hall has been selected as an excellent example of both.”
LETU board chair Nancy Mendez of Whittier, Calif., congratulated Lunsford for the university receiving this honor. “Congratulations to you and your staff on building a beautiful and functional student residence,” Mendez said. “It is great for the university and a wonderful pat on the back as you break ground for the new student center.”
South Hall was designed by Design Collaborative, a Fort Wayne, Ind., design and architectural firm that has also designed the university’s new 60,000-square-foot Anna Lee and Sidney Allen Family Student Center, currently under construction in the middle of the university campus and is slated for completion in 2014.
Mendez also recognized the LeTourneau University Board of Trustees Facilities Committee for its work in the design and construction of South Hall. The committee is chaired by Arkansas architect Wayne Trull. Published by Penton Media, Inc., American School & University is the premier publication devoted to education facilities and business administration.
A jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on Architecture for Education members and education administrators evaluated submissions from architectural firms, schools and universities across the country. The jury considered the following specific criteria to make its selections: student-centric 21st-century schools, community use/partnerships, sustainability/energy efficiency, design that is reflective of culture and community, design that respects its environment, flexibility, maintenance and materials.
In addition, the jury considered that students want to learn where they live – that the design should consider new trends and users should enjoy the environment, incorporating informal spaces for learning, such as the outdoors. The jury also commented that the design process should be inclusive and explain how a facility has to change to those who may be resistant.