EDUCATION | DODGE CITY COMMUNITY COLLEGE BECKER & SHELDEN HALLS
LOCATION: DODGE CITY, KS
Dodge City Community College recognizes that some of the closest friendships are formed in the residence halls. To give students the opportunity to immerse themselves in campus life, freshmen and athletes from outside Dodge City are required to live on campus. The result is an ongoing need to keep campus housing dynamic and accommodating.
Becker Hall was designed and built with an emphasis on giving students quality of life in addition to quality education. The 33,000 square-foot, 121-bed residence hall will feature everything college students want: private bathrooms, comfortable nooks in which to study, a communal kitchen when campus eating gets old, laundry facilities, and an informal common area for social gatherings.
Following the successful construction of Becker Hall, the college contracted with Simpson again to completely strip the existing Shelden Hall back to the cladding and structure.
The interior was completely reconfigured with a focus on increasing the marketability of the residence. Increasing the size of the rooms and providing private bathrooms taking the number of beds down from 148 to 91. With the reduction in rooms, the communal study and lounge areas were also enlarged.
New mechanical, electrical, plumbing systems, and thermally insulated windows in the building increased efficiency reducing the operating cost for the college.