Residential Commons complex facts

General Facts

  • 9-acre site located on the southeast corner of SMU campus
  • Five five-story Residential Commons for 1,257 students: Armstrong Commons, Kathy Crow Commons, Crum Commons, Loyd Commons and Ware Commons
  • Two-story Anita and Truman Arnold Dining Commons seats 500 students
  • Six-level Mustang Parking Center for 800 cars
  • Total project 401,040 square feet
  • Collegiate Georgian style architecture
  • Each Residential Commons includes naturally lit laundry and study area, kitchenette with full-size refrigerator and food preparation area, a classroom, game room, faculty and staff director residences.
  • Each floor includes five-to-seven gathering spaces such as large window seats at the end of each hall and banquette-style areas, x men's and x women's community baths, a community lounge and a study room

Construction Facts

  • 1,200,000 bricks
  • 23,000 pieces of cast stone
  • 1,226 windows
  • 168,164 pieces of roof slate
  • 31,000 cubic yards of concrete
  • 132 dormers
  • Built to meet LEED Gold certification

Armstrong Commons

  • 119 double rooms
  • 18 single rooms
  • 256 student beds
  • Home to Residence Life and Student Housing offices for complex, has two portals allowing access to the Dining Commons and to the rest of campus.
  • Fifth floor overlooks Ford Stadium
  • Only Residential Commons with a cupola
  • 86,507 square feet

 Kathy Crow Commons

  • 109 double rooms
  •  12 single rooms
  •  230 student beds
  •  Includes a meditation room, a quiet place for prayer or reflection
  •  76,680 square feet

 Crum Commons

  • 124 double rooms
  • 18 single rooms
  • 266 student beds
  • The upper floors on the south exterior have a view of downtown Dallas skyline. 
  • 80,053 square feet

Loyd Commons

  • 116 double rooms
  • 18 single rooms
  • 250 student beds
  • Rooms facing east look over Texas Native Park at Bush Presidential Library and Museum
  • 79,927 square feet

Ware Commons

  • 116 double rooms
  • 23 single rooms
  • 255 student beds
  • Only curved building out of all five Residential Commons. 
  • 80,135 square feet

Arnold Dining Commons

  • Two-story Dining Commons seats 500
  • Includes booth, high top, counter and table seating
  • Naturally lit rotunda seats 250 for Commons formal meals
  • Seven serving stations including wood-burning pizza oven, home cooking, fresh produce and international options
  • Projection televisions enable students to gather to watch sporting, political and entertainment events
  • Open to entire campus
  • Indoor and outdoor seating
  • 29,658 square feet
  • Largest installation of electrochromatic glass in the Southwest