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Elon University’s newest residential complex is a place for students to grow into global citizens. Known as the Global Neighborhood, this building complex was designed to encourage student engagement with one another, and with faculty by sharing meals, collaborating on global concepts, and expanding on ideas presented by guest speakers or in featured films.
The full vision of the Global buildings, designed by Holly Hodge and Lindsay Osman, would not have been complete without the help of Gregory Grier’s dedicated staff.
“Hodge and Osman did all the work when it came to designing the new buildings, I was just able to make their vision a reality by having the furniture that they needed to make it happen,” said Cindy Montgomery, Gregory Grier’s sales manager.
The completed Global Neighborhood is designed to act as a comfortable destination for students to further understand and reflect the notion of global citizenship the university instills in students. This space is also dedicated to linking classroom experiences with, student life to extend learning to locations outside of the classroom.
In order to create this linked space, the designers at Gregory Grier reviewed past projects at Elon University – drawing from the residential aspects of The Station at Mill Point and the engaged learning aspects of the Koury Business Center. The residential aspects of the Global buildings emulate parts of The Station Mill Point such as the bedrooms, the comfortable living space, plus the layout. The common space locations within Global Commons ideal for engaged learning emulate aspects of the Koury Business Center, such as the large tables, multiple seating arrangements, and environment conducive to group interaction and discussion.
Caroline Satalof, an Elon University senior says, “The new building is a conducive environment for doing work and interacting with students and professors.” She also mentioned how the well-designed interior contributes to the comfort the space provides.
The Global Neighborhood, as Montgomery says, “is a beautiful complex”. To walk through and see everything in its place gives not only students and faculty, but also Gregory Grier’s staff great pride in the completed production. The campus and community as a whole are responding positively to all of the features and opportunities the new Global Neighborhood provides, and look forward to what the neighborhood will provide the University in the future.
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