UCA Bear Hall & Stadium Suites
The design team of Crafton Tull + Kirksey worked with the UCA staff in designing a new 114,000 square foot residence hall which is situated behind the visitor side of Estes Stadium. A 5,000 square foot portion of the 4th floor will serve as offices for the athletic department. An additional 10,500 square feet is incorporated into the project as the 5th floor of the residence hall to serve as 11 stadium skyboxes with adjoining lobby and other amenities. The new residence hall is designed with two bedroom suites capable of utilizing one or two beds per room giving the University a new hall with a flexible bed occupancy of between 350 to over 400 beds depending on the arrangement. These suites also offer the best utilization of the square footage, keeping the budget costs down. The skybox access and the residence hall will have separate entries provided for at the ground level. Also on the lower floor are the commons areas, classroom/meeting spaces, laundry and other student service facilities. The layout will require all students entering the hall to pass by these common spaces, thereby encouraging interaction with other students. The architectural characteristics of the building will be consistent with the academic look and feel previously established on campus, while providing the most up to date technology and amenities for its residents. All rooms have exterior facing or courtyard facing windows with some rooms having the extra amenity of facing the stadium. This new addition is the best of both form and function meeting the needs of student life, academics and athletics.