The Learning Commons isn’t complete, but it’s already creating a buzz on campus.
“I think everyone is excited about it,” said student tour guide Chase Philport (’23, EE). “All of the tours I give, when I tell people about it, they all think it’s cool.”
Philport recently toured the facility with University President Dr. Robert K. McMahan and two families.
“I love the architecture of it,” Philport said. “I really like the open design. It’s kind of reminiscent of the Campus Center with its tall atrium, but obviously, it’s much bigger. I think it’s going to be a sweet place for students to work.”
World-renowned architectural firm Stantec designed the 105,000-square-foot, $63 million structure. Stantec has designed academic facilities in 37 states and provinces across North America. The four-story, state-of-the-art, multi-use facility will serve as the academic hub of campus.
“Students use all of the d.spaces a lot, and everybody always likes to work in groups, whether that’s at Greek houses, in friend groups or clubs,” Philport said. “I think the Learning Commons will be a nice, new, futuristic-style building that will offer more spaces for people to work together, and in general boost the mood and attitude of the Kettering student body. Having new things on campus like that is exciting.”