Butler Community College Student Union Renovation, El Dorado, KS
The Butler Community College Student Union (Building 1000) was originally built in 1965 and was added on to numerous times over the years creating a large amount of inefficient circulation space throughout. The college made the decision they wanted to update the facility to make it more usable and selected LK Architecture to work with to update and regenerate the facility into an up-to-date student center that will become an obvious meeting location on campus for students.
The facility houses the Book Store for the campus as well as the Dining Service for the students and staff. The plan created an icon point of focus for the students as approaching the facility. The facility’s main entrance was at grade and, upon entering, one had to immediately choose one of two directions and proceed up steps to access any of the ammenities within. A new raised plaza was created outside this original entry with ADA ramps adjacent to the stairs leading into a new vestibule that leads directly into a welcoming lobby that is adjacent to all choices – the Book Store, Dining Facility, Lounge, Study/Computer Areas, and Meeting facilities. The Book Store was enlarged to provide easier access and better sales service to the students while the kitchen was completely redesigned and enlarged to better serve a scramble style serving area which has been more accessible to the students without having to stand in line to get to all of the food in one serving line, as the old version was laid out. The dining facility was updated with new finishes and laid out with varied sizes of tables and seating areas. The existing snack bar and it’s seating was relocated from a remote location to being adjacent to the serving lines so that it is available at all times and provides another option other than a full meal. The area the snack bar used to occupy was converted into study lounges and meeting areas. The final facility provides an updated, welcoming and vibrant location for students’ use.
Butler Community College
El Dorado, KS
23,000 SF Addition and Renovation