At the Colorado School of Mines, "every place is potentially a learning place." The new Maple Hall student residence, designed by Hanbury with H+L Architecture of Denver, capitalizes on the variety of ways that students learn, contributing to a seamless educational experience between home, classroom and the larger campus. With 290 first-year students organized into 32-bed communities in semi-suite-style rooms, Maple Hall is the first phase of a 15-year incremental plan to provide more on-campus living. In accordance with the master plan, Maple Hall will serve as the cornerstone of a new residential quadrant, adjacent to the student recreation center and student union and within walking distance of recreation fields and the academic core.
The concept promotes community with opportunities for students to engage in a variety of ways. The design supports belonging, considering the needs of the individual student, the way they connect with others in the residential community, and the relationship of the community to the larger campus. At the entry level, the lobby, living room, meeting room, front desk, and a free-standing multipurpose pavilion are distributed around an upper courtyard intended for socializing. Lower-level spaces are arranged around a resident courtyard. Both common areas encourage interaction, collaboration and intellectual engagement.
Common materials, forms, and colors that define the CSM campus' visual identity are coupled with unique refinements and sustainable strategies, making Maple Hall a truly memorable part of students' campus experience.