The IU Board of Trustees of Bloomington Indiana hired Vector Consulting, arcDesign and IDO Incorporated to complete the interior renovation of the 1966 coeducational, undergraduate residence center.
Briscoe Quad was built in 1964 and remained virtually unchanged until 2011 when the new renovations were revealed. This renovation was completed in two phases. The client could only afford to have one side of the Quad closed at a time due to bed capacity on the campus.
The design challenge was to bring this large facility up to date with current student and parent expectations. Today’s students expect more from their living environments than the 1964 standard of four walls and a twin bed.
The design concept of the Center Building’s interiors was to enhance the existing interior materials and architecture. The vocabulary on the exterior sets the stage for the interior space through the use of linear format ceiling tiles both acoustical and metal as you enter to reinforce the line sight to the Central function of the facility. Our approach was to open up the space and create a clear view to the Center Desk function, remove the wood paneling and improve the ceiling and lighting within the lobby space. Give the space a facelift and inject energy into the space, so that students would be proud to call Briscoe Quad their home while attending Indiana University.
All the finish materials had recycled content, low VOC ratios and we utilized local sourcing where possible to create a fresh and sustainable environment for the over 700 students who live there. Now after several years of operation, the facility is exceeding student’s expectations in this living and learning community environment. This facility is now known as Hutton Honors College Residential Community for the Northwest Neighborhood on campus.