Kaskaskia College’s renovated student loft, the Geary Student Loft, was named a finalist in the St. Louis Business Building St. Louis 2021 Awards. Kaskaskia College was notified in January that the loft renovation was chosen as a finalist in the renovation/conversion less than $5 million category. All finalists and winners were announced and featured in the April 9 edition of the St. Louis Business Journal.
Renovated in 2020, the second-floor space had become “antiquated, worn down and had ancient technology,” said KC President George Evans.
“Quite candidly, we would steer students away from this area during recruiting visits,” he said.
But KC Architectural Design and Building Technologies Professor Robert Jervis and one of his students, Colin Bierman, developed a redesign for the space. Poettker Construction served as the general contractor on the project.
The renovation included new lighting, flooring, enhanced WIFI capabilities, and new commercial grade furniture that includes charging stations. Six wide-screen smart TVs and a dedicated gaming area were also installed.
The total cost of the project was $250,000 given through a gift by the Arlene Geary family. Evans said the new space reopened in November 2020 and will serve the staff and students for the next 10-20 years.
“Now students have a state-of-the-art, comfortable and educationally efficient area that can comfortably seat over 75 students at any given time and will see hundreds of students throughout the course of the semester,” Evans said. “We are proud to have our hard work recognized and share it with the public.”