Rose State College

Project Profile

Rose State College

In celebration of their 50th anniversary, Rose State College of Midwest City, Oklahoma scheduled the construction of a 48,000 square foot building to replace the original student union. Architect and interior designer Beck Design paired with Knoll Dealer Spaces, Inc. to create an outstanding multi-use space to commemorate the student body community and support campus engagement. The team prioritized functionality and flexibility in furnishing the space while maintaining a timeless design throughout.

Project Overview→

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Central to the new student union is the 30 foot atrium with impressive floor to ceiling windows that houses administrative offices and a cafeteria. The space needed to be inviting to students to gather and work, while maintaining a level of sophistication that would appeal to visitors and prospective students. To achieve this style, the team went with a furniture color scheme that balanced the school’s blue and gold colors with complementary light grey and white furniture to balance the space.

The atrium is filled with Pixel Column Leg Tables, Bertoia Molded Shell Chairs and Spark Series® Side Chairs. Additional seating includes k. lounge, Rockwell Unscripted® High-back Settee and Modular Lounge, and Muuto Modular Connect; all of which provide students with comfortable touchdown spaces to meet or study. Taking advantage of the full-sized windows, the team lined the perimeter with Bertoia Molded Shell Barstools to capitalize on the vertical space. The final product – a grand and vibrant space where students can comfortably enjoy a meal and congregate with friends or staff.

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On the second floor of the student union, 14 private offices furnished with Generation by Knoll® Chairs, Moment Side Chairs, and Reff Profiles Work Desks provide students and staff with a quiet space, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls keep the space feeling open and bright. Additional workspaces for students fill the rest of the floor using Dividends Horizon Tables, MultiGeneration® by Knoll Chairs, Rockwell Unscripted® Sawhorse Tables, High Tables, Club Chairs, Cylinder Stools, and Highback Settee.

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Beck Design and Knoll Dealer Spaces succeeded in creating a multifunctional space that increased student usage and satisfaction. Overall, the bright colors and sleek lines provide a fun yet classy atmosphere that welcomes students, faculty and staff and business leaders. The design complements the architecture so beautifully that the atrium has become the “selfie destination” on campus.