Academic Commons

Now home to Cameron University’s cutting-edge Communications Department, this much-needed new facility provides students with tutors, computers and more.

Building on its success with earlier Cameron University facilities, the FSB team accepted the challenge of re-purposing an existing 26,000 SF building in order to create an Academic Commons for the school.

The company’s extensive experience in designing laboratories and higher education facilities came into play as they created a communications hub for the campus to accommodate a number of pressing needs. Today, the Academic Commons is home to the Sarkeys Foundation Student Computer Laboratory, as well as a student tutoring center, an IT help desk and an adjunct faculty center. Much of the work was performed to accommodate the university’s Communications Department, including a newsroom complex for the campus newspaper, plus a television studio, TV/radio classrooms, editing bays, a journalism computer lab and associated support space. The spaces were creatively laid out to teach the emerging field of convergence journalism. Classrooms, faculty offices, restroom spaces and rooms allotted for fraternity and sorority activities also were completely renovated.

The overall design of the building was streamlined to bring the existing structure into symmetry with the look of the new campus, as established by FSB through its creation of the Cameron Business School and McMahon Centennial Complex facilities. Mechanical and electrical systems also were completely replaced in order to provide a comfortable environment for its occupants, while at the same time extending the building’s use and providing increased energy efficiency.

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“The Academic Commons, which includes computer labs, a multi-disciplinary tutoring center, modern classrooms and a home for Cameron’s cutting-edge convergence journalism program, opened this year and is designed specifically for both study and play. The relationship between Cameron and FSB has been a major benefit to the university.”

Cynthia S. Ross, President, Cameron University
26,000
square feet of repurposed space
2
computer labs
1
TV Studio