Hardesty Hall was constructed on the site of surface parking and the old student center, Holmes Hall. The structure compensates for the removal of Holmes by replacing it with a building that blends living, learning and student services in a single complex. The building’s close proximity to the Allen Chapman Activity Center and the College of Engineering and Natural Sciences consolidates academic, student services and leisure functions in the northeast campus quadrant.
The new Holmes Student Center reflects the University of Tulsa’s commitment to their international student community. The International Student Services (ISS) Center consolidates functions that were previously dispersed across campus, including classrooms and tutorial spaces, as well as ISS faculty and administrative offices.
The Student Center is also home to the Dean of Students, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Study Abroad program and the Career Services Center. The Career Services Center creates a professional environment for students and employers to meet in person or remotely via Skype in private rooms, supported by lounge and function space.
The University of Tulsa’s growing engineering program increased the need for student housing and general-purpose academic space. The new Hardesty Residence Hall accommodates 308 students in four-person suites with a shared bathroom. Each floor includes group study and lounge space.
The building materials and Gothic expression are consistent with the historic campus context. The building’s main entrances are framed by gothic arch openings that form a pedestrian gateway to an enclosed courtyard and the adjacent Chapman Center. Atop the arched opening is a large student lounge and kitchen.