In an effort to recruit more students to live on campus, the school selected Kirksey to design a new residence hall to replace the 30-year old Guinan Hall and a new parking garage to solve their long-standing parking problem. Designed in a style that reflects the scale of the surrounding urban neighborhood, the new facility increases student occupancy from 200 to 300 beds. In addition, the building contains support facilities including a computer lab, classroom space, a 4,000-sf lounge, a catering kitchen, and 10 study lounges throughout.
Kirksey's design team determined that rotating the plan 45 degrees would provide a much larger buffer between the living spaces and adjoining streetscape and create a private interior courtyard for socializing and recreation. Each unit's private balcony overlooks the courtyard, furthering connecting this "student community". The new 350,000-sf parking garage accommodates 850 cars on six levels, one of which is underground to minimize the impact on the campus and surrounding neighborhood. Additionally, the garage contains a campus bookstore, student lounge, security offices, and a new central plant to serve the existing buildings.