KSQ Architects’ Refurbished Residence Hall at Baylor University Offers High Design, Affordable Cost

Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) September 23, 2014

Student housing at Baylor University newly refurbished by KSQ Architects demonstrates not all campus upgrades need a big budget to be successful.

Baylor plans to refurbish or renovate ten residence halls over the next eight years. South Russell Hall, completed in August at a cost of $ 8.5 million, is the first of those halls to undergo a transformation. The 222-bed residence hall features double student rooms and community baths. Beginning in the fall of 2015, it will house the Education Living-Learning Center (a community for students hoping to teach in the broadest sense of the word one day).

Not only did the university want to upgrade the living spaces in South Russell, Baylor also wanted to incorporate a living-learning program into the building, which meant adding study lounges, a faculty-in-residence apartment, a classroom, and seminar rooms.

Baylor University appreciates our partnership with KSQ and Linbeck in this refurbishment, said Jeff Doyle, Baylor Universitys Dean for Student Learning and Engagement. We have kept our focus creating a transformational student experience, rooted in opportunities for positive peer leader, faculty, and staff influence. With KSQs help, we have taken an almost 50-year old building and re-created it as a home for learning, friendship, and growth that will serve our students for another 50 years.

Creative thinking by KSQ Architects included the fish bowl glass-encased study rooms in the corridors that allows students to see and be seen by their peers while studying. Natural light was brought into the corridors to keep hallways from feeling dark, while community kitchens and a recreation and game room area in the basement enhances South Russells sense of community. A central, open staircase connects the three levels to the basement, which now feels much more accessible than before.

Our partnership with Baylor on South Russell Hall is something our team is really proud of, said Sean Studzinski, KSQ Principal in the firms Texas office. Our creative use of both their existing space and their budget is testimony to KSQs innovation in student housing.

All of the Baylor renovations will include spacious faculty-in-residence apartments that, at approximately 2400 square feet, provide faculty and their families a space that truly feels like home.

Other Project Features Include:

New foyer, furniture and front desk area
Full kitchen for residents and guests
New quiet study spaces and expanded community lounges
Wi-Fi throughout the hall
19 single rooms
New laundry area (with free laundry) and new vending machines
Game room and fitness room on the basement level
Moveable furniture to include a fully loftable bed, desk, and chest of drawers
New classroom and seminar room in basement level
New study lounge in basement level
New faculty-in-residence apartment
Expanded and repositioned hall director and resident chaplain residences
New glass walls front lobby meeting room
New reflection room adjacent to lobby (with FatBoys pillows)
New and redesigned community bath areas with lockable shower doors


With offices in offices in Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas, KSQ Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing programming, planning, architectural, MEP engineering and interior design services. The firm specializes in collegiate life, K-12 and multi-family housing facilities throughout the United States. A hands-on, environmentally sensitive approach is fundamental to each KSQ project, and ensures a rare level of personalized attention and sustainable methodology. KSQ has completed projects nationwide on more than 50 campuses totaling $ 1 billion in construction.

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Marenas Beach Resort Announces “Fall for Marenas Beach Resort” Travel Package

Sunny Isles Beach, Florida (PRWEB) September 03, 2014

Located in Sunny Isles Beach, boasting year-round temperatures that hover around 80 degrees, Marenas Beach Resort announces the “Fall for Marenas Beach Resort” getaway. This travel package to Marenas Beach Resort, a member of Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels

Millionaires, High-Net-Worth, Ultra-High-Net-Worth: Unity Marketing and American Affluence Research Center to Partner in Groundbreaking New Study

Stevens, PA (PRWEB) September 03, 2014

Two of the nation’s leading research firms focused on the affluent, Unity Marketing and American Affluence Research Center, are teaming together to launch a groundbreaking new study into the mindset and lifestyle of millionaires, high-net-worth and ultra-high-net-worth consumers. This new study, Millionaire Market Monitor, will deliver totally new and powerful insights to marketers that target the truly wealthy.

By participating in this study of the wealthy, your firm will gain a powerful competitive edge over the multitude of marketers scrambling for the wealthy’s attention and dollars. You will get new research understanding and insights that you can put to work for your business.

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SIUE and USTRANSCOM Extend STEM Education Partnership

Edwardsville, Ill. (PRWEB) September 16, 2014

U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Southern Illinois University Edwardsville have refreshed their initial partnership to enhance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for the local 10-county Illinois region.

The organizations signed a second three-year Education Partnership Agreement (EPA) in July 2014, which enables USTRANSCOM, other military organizations at Scott AFB and SIUE to mutually benefit from the partnership.

Through the EPA, the partners support STEM activities through volunteers, donation of STEM-focused equipment and collaboration. The SIUE STEM Resource Center has received items from the base including computers and laboratory equipment, which are now available for local K-12 schools to use in technically focused classes.

The Scott AFB STEM program engages in a wide variety of activities to encourage our youth to be excited about STEM and consider careers in those disciplines, said Dr. Donald Erbschloe, chief scientist of Air Mobility Command and leader of the Scott AFB STEM program. STEM activities introduce children in their early school years to technical fields that are also interesting, and sustain and encourage their interest through high school and beyond.

The partnership with Scott AFB, through US Transportation Command and the leadership of Dr. Erbschloe, remains a successful collaboration for delivering STEM knowledge and experiences throughout southwest Illinois, said Dr. Jerry Weinberg, SIUE associate provost for research, dean of the Graduate School. We welcome the next three-year partnership as a way to build upon our first successes in providing STEM equipment and activities for our local population.

USTRANSCOMs donations of STEM equipment have significantly increased the number of students participating in hands-on STEM activities in the region, said Dr. Sharon Locke, director of the SIUE STEM Center. The donation of 12 robotics kits enabled us to support engineering instruction for 400 elementary and middle school students during summer 2014 alone. Because the kits are available for loan to any educator in the region, including local community groups, the impact is multiplied over many years.

We estimate that more than 4,000 students have used USTRANSCOM-donated equipment during the past three years of the partnership. Additionally, 5,000 educators have searched the STEM Centers online inventory developed with resources from USTRANSCOM. Through the online system, educators are able to browse our collection of STEM materials and find items to borrow at no cost to support their classroom and out-of-school instruction.

The Resource Center helps individual teachers at all levels as well as scout groups, home-school parents, and other youth leaders by giving them the tools they need to teach STEM in a fun and engaging manner. The USTRANSCOM-SIUE partnership has greatly expanded our reach into rural and urban communities.

Providing equipment via SIUE to the area is just one area of cooperation for the bases STEM program, Erbschloe added. We also work with organizations such as the Illinois Math and Science Academy, FIRST Robotics and directly with local schools to provide mentors, volunteers and encouragement for our youth to consider STEM as a lifelong interest and as a career.

A robust population of technically-proficient young citizens is important to not only the future Department of Defense (DOD) but to our entire economy. The DOD itself recognized this importance several years ago and created the National Defense Education Program (NDEP), which provides resources across the nation, focused on areas near military installations. Scott AFB has a wealth of experts in the STEM professions and is especially well-positioned to work with our neighboring educational partners and students.

The STEM program is truly an investment in our future, Scott AFBs 375th Air Mobility Wing Schools Liaison Officer Dr. Cindy Doil said. Schooling, either in our formal institutions or in the home, shapes the interests and lifetime activities of our youth. Exposing them to the excitement and reward of STEM at the right time and encouraging our young people to go after careers in these areas is beneficial to society and to the individual as well.

Scott AFB has teamed up to promote STEM in many ways, including through SIUE. We will continue to seek opportunities to help our region. Examples of these collaborations are summer camps which teach youth how to build hovercraft and understand the science behind their operation, the science behind games, science in the health fields and robotics.

For more information and opportunities to work with Scott AFB and SIUE on STEM activities, contact Air Mobility Command Public Affairs at (618) 229-7843.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville provides students with a high quality, affordable education that prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose. Built on the foundation of a broad-based liberal education, and enhanced by hands-on research and real-world experiences, the academic preparation SIUE students receive equips them to thrive in the global marketplace and make our communities better places to live. Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi Rivers rich bottomland and only a short drive from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of nearly 14,000.