UNR’s new Pennington Student Achievement Center brings together many of the university’s student-centered services in one central location. Built on the site of the old library, the new center is the hub of student activity and exemplifies the university’s culture of student success.
“During the planning process, we met with each department to determine their particular needs,” says Designer Bridget Slentz. “Each director guided the vision for their department and the faculty came onboard with the plans to provide furniture of the future that caters to student preferences.”
Classrooms needed to be configurable yet still connected for technology. Lounge and study areas needed to provide spaces for individuals and groups. And, everything needed to stand up to student use.
Bridget Slentz, Designer
Each director guided the vision... to provide furniture of the future that caters to student preferences.
Throughout the building, students find ample spaces to study, meet and engage. Areas include collaboration rooms, computer lounges, casual break out spaces and a meditation lounge. From color and finish selections to a custom S-shaped seating configuration, KI provided hands-on assistance. “The building is quite dynamic,” says Slentz. “It’s colorful and provides a fresh, yet homey atmosphere for the students. The finishes are rich and we used some designer pieces, which fit really well with the building’s style.” Study and lounge areas use Hub seating and screens to delineate space and provide privacy. High-tech classrooms have Enlite tables with custom power towers, which provide easy-to-use, plug-in power yet allow the tables to be reconfigured as needed. The custom S-shaped configuration is ideal for small group study or break-out sessions and is a compelling visual accent.
Students are very pleased with the space. “With KI, we know what we’re getting,” says Slentz. “We get updated furniture that looks good, durability that’s backed by KI’s warranty, excellent customer service from start to finish – plus we get to buy direct, which makes the ordering process much easier.”