Historic Student Community Opens After Renovation

Corbin Hall at the University of Kansas, Lawrence now offers 149 bedrooms for women. Upgrades include new mechanical systems, a new main entry and improvements to all rooms, restrooms and public spaces.

The renovation of Corbin Hall, a 149-bedroom community at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, is now complete. KWK Architects designed the $13.5 million interior upgrades. The 99,240-square-foot hall received new mechanical systems, a new main entry and upgrades to all student rooms, restrooms and public spaces. Additionally, new multipurpose rooms and residential staff workspaces were added to the property.

Located at 420 W. 11th St., the community was built in two phases—the first in 1923 and the second in 1951. The original building was designed at a cost of $156,558 and it could house 107 students. Now, Corbin Hall features a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units for up to 314 women. The community offers free Wi-Fi, study spaces and lounges on each floor, classrooms for math and free laundry. The architects mixed modern and classic elements for this project. 

“We started with the carpet selection, choosing a contemporary abstract floral carpeting that was appropriate for a hall housing all women, yet had a modern look,” Meghan Bogener, project architect & interior designer at KWK Architects, said in a prepared statement. “We also made sure to give a nod to the building’s history by matching finishes where we could, such as selecting wood finishes and stains that tied back into all of the existing woodwork in the main building lounge.”

Back in January, the company was selected to design Residence Hall Phase XVI, a 650-800-bed student housing community at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Images courtesy of KWK Architects