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Learning Commons

 

A Building for the 21st Century

The 105,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Learning Commons will serve as the hub of faculty-student interactions, student-industry collaboration, flexible learning spaces, and the next century digital and physical library.

Listen to President McMahan give a virtual tour of the Learning Commons.

The Final Stretch

As of May 2022, construction of the Learning Commons is in the final stretch. The building facade is nearly complete, with only minor ceiling systems and lighting being installed. Our vegetative roof systems are progressing on our lower exposed roof sections, breathing life around the building. Site development has restarted with the weather breaking. Pouring of the concrete walks, curbs and driveways is ongoing, defining vehicle and pedestrian corridors. Irrigation, landscaping and final grading are underway, allowing everyone to begin to see the site’s finishing touches.

Interior work is wrapping up from the top down. The upper floors are painted, with wall coverings being applied, ceiling and lighting systems getting installed, cabinetry and counters finishing up and the hard tile and carpeting being laid.

The lower floors are progressing, just behind the pace of the upper floors. The food service areas are taking shape. Cabinetry and equipment are set in place, and final utility connections are being made. Our technology, audio-visual and security systems are being installed, with some minor delays related to full system integration on certain enhanced AV systems.

Finally, the signage and donor recognition package is wrapping up, and our furnishings are slated to be placed throughout the month of June.

 

 

Design and Construction

Kettering University officially broke ground Feb. 5, 2020 on the Learning Commons designed by world-renowned architectural firm Stantec. The company has designed academic facilities in 37 states and provinces across North America.

The construction is facilitated by Clark Construction of Lansing and multiple Flint-community contractors.

“This building is going to truly revolutionize this campus. It’s the kind of place where you can go and you can gather and you can stay. It will be the social and academic nexus of the campus.”

— Dr. Robert K. McMahan

Learning Commons
Learning Commons
Learning Commons
Learning Commons
Learning Commons

A Building for the 21st Century

The 105,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art Learning Commons will serve as the hub of faculty-student interactions, student-industry collaboration, flexible learning spaces, and the next century digital and physical library. Kettering is recognized internationally for its history of producing great leaders, and this distinctive new building will serve as a visual confirmation of Kettering’s commitment to remain a world leader on the technological stage – and, moreover, to lead that charge.

More Than a Building,
It’s a Transformational Experience. 

The Learning Commons will synthesize every aspect of advanced technology and engagement into a connective, vibrant laboratory of living and learning. Building it is essential to the future of the University. The Campaign will help to make it a reality.

The building will feature flowing spaces infused with flexible, technology-enriched gathering areas that foster interdisciplinary collaboration any time, day or night. A reimagined library with open food court, as well as the more intimate Battenberg Café, will provide sustenance and networking opportunities among students, faculty and visitors.

“This campaign had to be more than a campaign; it had to be a transformational initiative for this University.”

— Gary Cowger

Virtually every space will be a writing surface, allowing ideas to flow freely, and inviting ad hoc study groups to form easily and seamlessly. The building itself will reflect its open and collaborative purpose, with limitless views, adaptable spaces and an approximately 200-seat auditorium for more formal presentations and community events.

Everything will be anchored to the rest of the campus via the breathtaking Connector — a glass-enclosed causeway that features a knowledge market with mentors, and peer-to-peer support services, and an ever-changing art gallery.

Kettering University's Learning Commons donations total more than $44 million toward the $63 million goal.

$45 million has been raised for the construction of the Learning Commons.

Be a Part of This Exciting Opportunity

Call the Vice President of Advancement's office at 810-762-9927, and let us show you how your gift and our vision will propel Kettering Boldly Forward for generations to come.

Level 1 Learning Commons Floor Plan

Funding Opportunities

Name The Building Upon Request Lower Dining Area $500,000
Connector $5,000,000 Help Desk -FUNDED $250,000

Atrium- FUNDED

$2,500,000 Auditorium Prefunction - FUNDED $250,000

Terrace

$2,000,000 Knowledge Market - FUNDED $250,000

Design/Entrepreneur Lab

$2,000,000

Connector Commons - FUNDED

$150,000

Art Gallery - FUNDED

$1,000,000

Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED

$100,000

Cafe - FUNDED

$1,000,000

Fabrication Lab - FUNDED

$75,000

Courtyard Patio

$1,000,000

Study Niche

$50,000

Courtyard Patio $1,000,000    
Learning Commons Level 2 Floor Plan

Funding Opportunities

Auditorium - FUNDED

$8,000,000

Corporate Dining Room - FUNDED

$250,000

Corporate Commons - FUNDED

$1,000,000

Upper Dining Area

$250,000

Connector Terrace

 

 

$1,000,000

Connector Patio

$150,000

Bistro - FUNDED

$750,000

Atrium Sculpture

$150,000

 

Auditorium Prefunction - FUNDED $250,000 Large Collaboration - FUNDED $100,000
    Study Niche $75,000
Learning Commons Level 3 Floor Plan

Funding Opportunities

Study Commons - FUNDED

$1,000,000

 

 

Media Commons

$1,000,000

Large Presentation - FUNDED

$100,000

Rooftop Terrace

$750,000

One Button Studio - FUNDED

$75,000

Collaboration Space - FUNDED

$150,000

D Space - FUNDED

$75,000

Instructional Commons 

$250,000

Collaborative Niche - FUNDED

$60,000

Reading Room - FUNDED

$250,000

Flexible Staff Suite - FUNDED 

$50,000

Support Hub

$250,000

Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

$50,000
Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED $100,000    

Media Kiosk - FUNDED

$150,000    
Learning Commons Level 4 Floor Plan

Funding Opportunities

Study Commons

$1,000,000

Guest Suite

$100,000

Media Commons

$1,000,000

D Space - FUNDED

$75,000

Cantilever Conference Room - FUNDED

$500,00

D Space - FUNDED

$75,000

Instructional Commons

$250,000

D Space - FUNDED

$75,000

Large Presentation

$250,000

Collaborative Niche - FUNDED

$50,000

Collaboration Space

$150,000

Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

$50,000

Media Kiosk - FUNDED

$150,000

Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

$50,000

Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED $100,000

Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

$50,000

Large Collaboration Space

$100,000    
  • Funding Level 1
    Level 1 Learning Commons Floor Plan

    Funding Opportunities

    Name The Building Upon Request Lower Dining Area $500,000
    Connector $5,000,000 Help Desk -FUNDED $250,000

    Atrium- FUNDED

    $2,500,000 Auditorium Prefunction - FUNDED $250,000

    Terrace

    $2,000,000 Knowledge Market - FUNDED $250,000

    Design/Entrepreneur Lab

    $2,000,000

    Connector Commons - FUNDED

    $150,000

    Art Gallery - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED

    $100,000

    Cafe - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    Fabrication Lab - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Courtyard Patio

    $1,000,000

    Study Niche

    $50,000

    Courtyard Patio $1,000,000    
  • Funding Level 2
    Learning Commons Level 2 Floor Plan

    Funding Opportunities

    Auditorium - FUNDED

    $8,000,000

    Corporate Dining Room - FUNDED

    $250,000

    Corporate Commons - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    Upper Dining Area

    $250,000

    Connector Terrace

     

     

    $1,000,000

    Connector Patio

    $150,000

    Bistro - FUNDED

    $750,000

    Atrium Sculpture

    $150,000

     

    Auditorium Prefunction - FUNDED $250,000 Large Collaboration - FUNDED $100,000
        Study Niche $75,000
  • Funding Level 3
    Learning Commons Level 3 Floor Plan

    Funding Opportunities

    Study Commons - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

     

     

    Media Commons

    $1,000,000

    Large Presentation - FUNDED

    $100,000

    Rooftop Terrace

    $750,000

    One Button Studio - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Collaboration Space - FUNDED

    $150,000

    D Space - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Instructional Commons 

    $250,000

    Collaborative Niche - FUNDED

    $60,000

    Reading Room - FUNDED

    $250,000

    Flexible Staff Suite - FUNDED 

    $50,000

    Support Hub

    $250,000

    Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

    $50,000
    Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED $100,000    

    Media Kiosk - FUNDED

    $150,000    
  • Funding Level 4
    Learning Commons Level 4 Floor Plan

    Funding Opportunities

    Study Commons

    $1,000,000

    Guest Suite

    $100,000

    Media Commons

    $1,000,000

    D Space - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Cantilever Conference Room - FUNDED

    $500,00

    D Space - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Instructional Commons

    $250,000

    D Space - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Large Presentation

    $250,000

    Collaborative Niche - FUNDED

    $50,000

    Collaboration Space

    $150,000

    Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

    $50,000

    Media Kiosk - FUNDED

    $150,000

    Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

    $50,000

    Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED $100,000

    Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

    $50,000

    Large Collaboration Space

    $100,000