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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.

Construction Has Begun

Kettering University officially broke ground on Feb. 5, 2020. Announced at the groundbreaking, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has granted $12.5 million to Kettering University toward building the Learning Commons and intends to grant up to an additional $12.5 million based on the project’s progress.

Designed by globally renowned architectural firm Stantec, the open-concept, natural light Learning Commons is part of the University’s Boldly Forward strategic initiative campaign – the largest in Kettering’s history. The building project will be facilitated by Clark Construction of Lansing, Mich., and multiple Flint- community contractors and is expected to be completed by Spring 2022.

“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 a 300-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.

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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
Funding Opportunities
Name The Building $25,000,000 Kiva - FUNDED $1,000,000

Connector

$5,000,000 Help Desk -FUNDED $250,000

Atrium- FUNDED

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

Design/Entrepreneur Lab

$2,000,000

Knowledge Market - FUNDED

$250,000

Amphitheater

$1,250,000

Connector Commons - FUNDED

$150,000

Art Gallery - FUNDED

$1,000,000

Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED

$100,000

Cafe - FUNDED

$1,000,000

Fabrication Lab

$75,000

level 2

Funding Opportunities

Auditorium - FUNDED

$10,000,000 Connector Terrace $750,000

Corporate Commons

$5,000,000 Auditorium Prefunction - FUNDED $250,000

Bistro

$750,000 Large Collaboration - FUNDED $100,000

Courtyard

$750,000 Flexible Staff Suite $50,000
Level 3

Funding Opportunities

Study Commons

$1,500,000

Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED

$100,000

Rooftop Terrace

$1,500,000 Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED $100,000

Corporate Partner - FUNDED

$1,000,000

Large Presentation - FUNDED

$100,000

Media Commons

$1,000,000

One Button Studio - FUNDED

$75,000

Instructional Commons - FUNDED

$1,000,000

D Space - FUNDED

$75,000

Reading Room - FUNDED

$250,000

Collaborative Niche

$75,000

Support Hub

$250,000

Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

$50,000

Media Kiosk - FUNDED

$100,000    
level 4

Funding Opportunities

Instructional Commons

$1,000,000

D Space - FUNDED

$75,000

Corporate Partner

$1,000,000 D Space - FUNDED $75,000

Media Commons

$1,000,000 D Space - FUNDED $75,000

Study Commons

$1,000,000

Collaborative Niche - FUNDED

$50,000

Cantilever Conference Room - FUNDED

$500,00

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 - FUNDED $100,000

Guest Suite

$50,000

Large Presentation

$100,000    
  • Funding Level 1
    level 1
    Funding Opportunities
    Name The Building $25,000,000 Kiva - FUNDED $1,000,000

    Connector

    $5,000,000 Help Desk -FUNDED $250,000

    Atrium- FUNDED

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

    Design/Entrepreneur Lab

    $2,000,000

    Knowledge Market - FUNDED

    $250,000

    Amphitheater

    $1,250,000

    Connector Commons - FUNDED

    $150,000

    Art Gallery - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED

    $100,000

    Cafe - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    Fabrication Lab

    $75,000

  • Funding Level 2
    level 2

    Funding Opportunities

    Auditorium - FUNDED

    $10,000,000 Connector Terrace $750,000

    Corporate Commons

    $5,000,000 Auditorium Prefunction - FUNDED $250,000

    Bistro

    $750,000 Large Collaboration - FUNDED $100,000

    Courtyard

    $750,000 Flexible Staff Suite $50,000
  • Funding Level 3
    Level 3

    Funding Opportunities

    Study Commons

    $1,500,000

    Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED

    $100,000

    Rooftop Terrace

    $1,500,000 Large Collaboration Space - FUNDED $100,000

    Corporate Partner - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    Large Presentation - FUNDED

    $100,000

    Media Commons

    $1,000,000

    One Button Studio - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Instructional Commons - FUNDED

    $1,000,000

    D Space - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Reading Room - FUNDED

    $250,000

    Collaborative Niche

    $75,000

    Support Hub

    $250,000

    Collaboration Terrace - FUNDED

    $50,000

    Media Kiosk - FUNDED

    $100,000    
  • Funding Level 4
    level 4

    Funding Opportunities

    Instructional Commons

    $1,000,000

    D Space - FUNDED

    $75,000

    Corporate Partner

    $1,000,000 D Space - FUNDED $75,000

    Media Commons

    $1,000,000 D Space - FUNDED $75,000

    Study Commons

    $1,000,000

    Collaborative Niche - FUNDED

    $50,000

    Cantilever Conference Room - FUNDED

    $500,00

    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 - FUNDED $100,000

    Guest Suite

    $50,000

    Large Presentation

    $100,000