Avila University Learning Commons

New Look Breathes Life Into Avila University Learning Commons

There’s something to be said about feeling good about the space you’re in.

Doing your best work often happens when your surroundings have a sense of good energy, and studies show that bright and encouraging spaces tend to stimulate learning and productivity.

The transformation of the Avila University Learning Commons is doing just that for its student body. Designed with a contemporary flair, Straub Construction transformed The Hooley-Bundschu Library into a 17,000 sf Learning Commons complete with flexible study areas, meeting rooms and the latest technologies.

The pops of bright colors including the signature “Avila Purple” was used throughout and really makes the space modern.

One of the coolest features of the Learning Commons is the history wall which tells the legacy of Avila University through the use of pictures and text that could hold your attention for hours. Students are enjoying the lounge area that is in the center of the Learning Commons and features comfortable seating and ottomans along with flat screen monitors.

O’Rielly Hall was also renovated and features  15,000 sf of new microbiology, chemistry and general science labs as well as student and faculty support facilities. It’s since been renamed the Marie Joan Harris, CSJ, Ph.D. Science & Health Complex.

Others are taking notice of the transformation – the project has been nominated for an Economic Development Corporation of Kansas City Cornerstone Award and will be recognized at a May 20th event at Union Station!

Here’s a time lapse video of the project:

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