Burford Hall featured in 2007 Architectural Portfolio

November 27 2007

Terre Haute, Ind. - A recent construction project at an Indiana State University is featured in the American School & University magazine's 2007 Architectural Portfolio.

The renovation of Indiana State’s Burford Hall was included in the outstanding designs section of this year's annual publication honoring education design excellence. Snapp & Associates, Inc. and R.E. Dimond & Associates collaborated on the $7.1 million project.

Re-opened in August 2006, the 64,700-square-foot residence hall provides students with amenities such as private baths, individually-controlled heating and air conditioning systems, walk-in closets and full wireless service. On the first floor, residents can now enjoy a spacious lounge area, music practice rooms, dividable meeting space and a performance area with a stage. Vending, mail and laundry facilities are also housed on the first floor.

According to Mary Ellen Linn, assistant vice president for Student Auxiliary Services, this is what prospective students are looking for.

“It has all the amenities of home and encompasses the expectations today's students have of residential living,” Linn said.

The 40-year old six-story building was given a total overhaul with a new roof, facade and low-E windows which resulted in increased energy efficiency. Entrances were equipped with sliding doors and a keycard-access system.

Kevin Runion, associate vice president of Facilities Management, said the project combines tradition with current trends in campus life.

“It’s always thrilling to see a structurally sound University building with over 40 years of being an integral part of our campus fabric, take on new life as it becomes a model for how today's students view campus living with all the amenities of home and then some, Runion said.

The revitalized structure is one of five Indiana State residence halls to offer theme housing -- another trend in campus living. Burford Hall, which can house 240 students, is called home by freshman aviation technology, business and performing arts majors.

“Burford is the right size hall to give students a sense of community. It’s an excellent example of how academic affairs and students affairs can integrate learning in and out of the classroom,” Linn said. “It provides students a true learning environment.”

This isn’t the first time an Indiana State residential life project has earned recognition. The renovation of Hines Hall was featured in the 1999 Architectural Portfolio.

American School & University, a monthly magazine that focuses on education facilities and business administration, utilizes a jury of American Institute of Architects (AIA) members and school administrators to annually evaluate submissions from architectural firms across the country.

Outstanding designs from the annual competition, which is now in its 25th year, are profiled in the Architectural Portfolio.

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Contact: Mary Ellen Linn, assistant vice president for Student Auxiliary Services, (812) 237-3993

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or pmeyer4@isugw.indstate.edu

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A recent construction project at an Indiana State University is featured in the American School & University magazine 2007 Architectural Portfolio.

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