One of the key goals of the University’s Centennial Strategic Plan is to support and sustain student development and quality of life, including residential life. Through The Second Century Campaign, SMU is creating a new and innovative living-learning environment, the Residential Commons concept, which will enhance the campus experience for generations to come.
Construction will begin in early 2012 on the Residential Commons Complex, a series of five residence halls and a dining facility that will allow 1,250 additional first- and second-year students and a number of faculty members to live on campus. In addition to the Residential Commons Complex construction, the project will include a new parking structure as well as renovation of current residence halls to reflect the residential commons model. The project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2014.
The residential commons will provide an integrated academic and residential experience that incorporates live-in faculty members who also have offices and teach classes within the commons. Each commons will develop traditions, gatherings and other activities that build community and long-term bonds among residents. This model supports a strong residential community with an emphasis on academic and social balance that will enhance personal exploration and growth for students.
- Prominently located in the southeast quadrant of campus adjacent to Ford Stadium and Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports
- Five residential buildings
- Space for 1,250 first- and second-year students
- Faculty residences and offices
- Classrooms and seminar rooms
- Common areas and program space
- Dining facility shared by all residents of the commons, open to the SMU campus community
SMU is currently seeking lead funding for four of the five commons and the dining facility. Alumni Elisabeth Martin Armstrong ’82 and William D. Armstrong ’82, of Denver, have provided a generous gift toward the construction of one of SMU’s new residential commons which will be recognized as the Armstrong Commons.
For additional information on the Residential Commons initiative, please contact Pam Conlin, assistant vice president for university development, at 214-768-3738.