Student Life Center
Conceived as a gateway to the Kishwaukee College, the new student center gives the campus a much-needed new image, bold and easily recognizable as the front door to campus. Within this 76,000 sq. ft. steel structure is the student bookstore, student lounge and activity spaces as well as student services and administrative offices. The new building sensitively connects to an existing building, creating an exterior courtyard used for social activities, outdoor dining, art and performance.
The building is clad in wood-grain phenolic resin panels, aluminum composite panels, pre-cast concrete and glass. To accentuate the façade, the reddish brown color was selected to make the building stand out and be seen from the surrounding farm fields. Daylighting is used extensively throughout the building. Large expanses of glass allow natural light to filter through the building, creating a strong connection between inside and outside spaces. Offices also benefit from oversized windows that provide views out and natural light within. Other sustainable strategies include ground source geothermal heating and cooling, use of local and regional building materials with recycled content, water efficient landscaping and storm water management. Moody Nolan worked with local architect Demonica Kemper.