Appalachian State University, Honors and Engagement Community
Boone, North Carolina
The Brad and Carole Wilson Honors and Engagement Community creates spaces for honors students to live and learn within the larger campus community, fostering early integration of students into the honors program and developing a highly visible place for the University’s “community of scholars” that symbolizes academic excellence on campus.
The new community is organized around the Honors Courtyard, a gathering space and focus for three core building elements including Cone Hall, a 287-bed residence for first-years; the living/learning Community, a new 58,000 square foot (5,340 square meter) residence tower housing 333 beds in a mix of semi-suites and connected to a 3-story academic classroom wing; and expansion of the adjacent Plemmons Student Union. Eight “Smart” classrooms, a library, and offices supporting the Honors College are in the 3-story, 125,000 square foot (11,610 square meter) Appalachian Hall forming the south and east sides of the exterior courtyard.
This project brings new life to the northeast corner of campus. The design preserves important open space on campus, linking buildings in a landscaped network of entry plazas, pedestrian paths, and courtyards. In keeping with the university’s commitment to principles of sustainability, the projects were designed to achieve the certification goal of LEED Gold.