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Proposal for a Therapeutic Student Dormitory

ClientAppalachian State University

DateMay 2015

The complexity of this year long project cannot be described in fullness in a few paragraphs. To read a more detailed description of the process of developing and designing this senior capstone project, please refer to the blog section where you can read up on the journey. Hopefully this will give you a better glimpse of my thought process.

To give you a brief summary, this design is of a student residential hall for Appalachian State University focusing on accessible design and universal design by designing for a very unique population – the student veterans of the campus. From this I derived the title “Proposal for a Therapeutic Student Dormitory” which abbreviated is “PTSD”. By incorporating seven important principles, the ideal design includes two buildings joined together by a sky bridge, one building being the apartment building of 24 units, ranging from 1, 2, and 3 bedroom options. The second building is what is known as the “Veteran’s Union” which provides a meeting place for veterans and houses many activities. Examples include a fitness center, lounge area that can be turned into a large auditorium, relaxation rooms, physical therapy rooms, study rooms, a coffee shop, classrooms, and offices.

As this was a large budget project spanning of around 75,000 square footage, I incorporated all the design principles into a smaller space – a renovation of a floor of an already existing student residential hall. The space itself was 5,000 square feet and included a few simple two bedroom apartment suites, a relaxation room, small fitness room, and a classroom. This would be a more cost-effective, quick solution to the problem.

Detailed construction documents of both projects, one showing completely new construction, and the other set showing demolition plans as well, were created. I wish there were some way of showing them here because – I have to boast a little – I was pretty proud of them.

This was probably one of the most research-based, large, detailed projects I have ever taken on in my student career so the results speak for their own. Head over to my blog to check out the final boards.

Chang_PTSD.rvt_2015-Mar-28_10-29-22PM-000_Relaxation_Room

Chang_PTSD.rvt_2015-Mar-28_11-36-43PM-000_Bathroom

Chang_PTSD.rvt_2015-Mar-29_11-08-27PM-000_Kitchen

Chang_PTSD.rvt_2015-Mar-28_03-27-08PM-000_Bedroom

Chang_PTSD.rvt_2015-Mar-29_10-21-28PM-000_Living_Room