Lamar University Student Center Renovation

Collegiate & Higher Education, Renovation & Restoration

Location

Beaumont, Texas

Size

152,000 sf

Project Features
  • Renovated student center
  • Kitchen expansion
  • Collaboration spaces
  • Study nooks

Kirksey was selected to renovate the Lamar University Setzer Student Center, which was in need of upgrades to increase and revitalize all of the existing building space for vibrant and relevant student activities. The building is to represent the “crown jewel” on campus and serve as a recruiting tool for prospective students. The renovated facility will incorporate a new entrance that faces the student quad as the central focal point, a new campus “living room,” multiple meeting rooms for student use, and a double-height multi-purpose room as well as an expanded kitchen.

Before the renovation, no logical pedestrian flow had been established for the building. Kirksey’s renovation created a clear path for student travel, establishing collaborative gathering spaces, study nooks and points of interest such as coffee kiosks along the way. More natural light was brought in by opening up the space and incorporating more sustainable features by reusing parts of the existing structure, respecting long wearing finishes such as the terrazzo, brick and exposed concrete and increasing the energy efficiency of the building.

Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve’s experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 17-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm’s membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.