Brief project description
Just one of several new buildings on the Impact 360 campus, the primary components of The Commons include five active learning classrooms, an open learning area with fireplaces, a 150-seat dining and lounge area with servery and kitchen, administration offices, Welcome Center & Admissions, social lounge, and indoor recreation space. The building is nestled into a hill on the campus to blend with the natural setting and take advantage of maximum northern exposure for natural light. The design revolves around an open-air courtyard, fully enclosed in glass, permitting views through the building from all locations. The design incorporates Impact 360's motto of "Know, Be, Live" and utilizes subtle circles, echoing the 360 degrees of a holistic student experience. This focus in the design reminds students why they chose a gap-year experience as their first step in higher education. The design of the spaces, with both study and reflection space are laid out along large flexible and adaptable spaces, encouraging students to explore their path in life, be surrounded by and integrated with their community, and have maximum collaboration with each other, staff, and faculty for encouragement and guidance.