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The Learning Commons opens up a world of new opportunities for learning and socializing for Kettering students, faculty and staff.
Abundant natural light and wide-open, technology-enriched spaces encourage collegiality, collaboration and innovation ÔÇö attributes that are fundamental to our values and our cooperative learning model.
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Rooftop Terrace

This 1,600-square-foot space features seating and green spaces, hammocks for relaxing, sunshine to help you recharge, fresh air to boost your creativity, and electrical outlets so you can keep working while enjoying the outdoors.

Knowledge Bar

d.spaces

The Learning Commons features more than a dozen d.spaces. These spaces serve as╠řcollaborative workspaces that provide comfortable and functional spaces for students,╠řfaculty and staff to thrive. Lounge pieces including couches and chairs, tables for╠řcollaboration, whiteboards for note-taking or brainstorming sessions encourage╠řcollaboration, creativity and innovation.

Rooftop Terrace

Knowledge Bar

Two Knowledge Bars host our digital library in the Learning Commons. The library╠řholds over 900,000 e-books, 100,000 e-journals and 100+ databases. ItÔÇÖs a╠řcontinuous work in progress and just keeps getting bigger and easier to use. The digital╠řlibrary is available well beyond the Knowledge BarsÔÇöitÔÇÖs available anywhere our╠řstudents and faculty are studying, living and workingÔÇöon campus and around the world.

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ÔÇťThe Learning Commons is special because itÔÇÖs a great spot for everyone to gather and come together.ÔÇŁ

- Robin Pelayo CS, '22

Read more about how the Learning Commons is transforming learning.

╠řÔÇťThe Learning Commons contains everything that the campus provided before in one location. ╠řIt is cozy, and you could spend the entire day there between coffee, food, d.spaces as well as open concept spaces for easy collaboration and socializing."

- Hayden Neva ME, '22

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Travis Sage - Stantec

Travis Sage

Project Design Leader, Stantec

╠řled the design team at the architectural firm Stantec. Sage and his╠řcolleagues, in collaboration with President Robert K. McMahan and university staff,╠řdesigned the building to balance timelessness and permanence. A shining example of╠řarchitectural excellence, the design incorporates optimal flexibility for current and future╠řteaching and learning, collaborating, and socializing.╠řPower and technology are woven throughout so that the building can╠řeasily transform to meet unforeseen program or space needs.

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Learning Commons Atrium Sculpture
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Marco Mahler,╠řSculptor

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Artist Marco Mahler's sculpture, suspended from the fourth floor to the first floor atrium of the Learning Commons, is a visual representation of the building's interactive nature.╠řIt╠řconsists of two parts that visually correspond with each other and complete each other.╠řEach part measures 25 feet in height and 16 feet in diameter.

Mahler designed the sculpture with interconnected balance structures╠řthroughout; the equilibrium of each part depends on the counterparts that are linked to it.╠řJust like the spaces in the Learning Commons, it can be freely interpreted and╠řreinterpreted.

Naming Opportunities

Generous donors have made this revolutionary building experience possible.╠řIf you are interested in supporting an available╠řnamed space in the Learning Commons, please call (810) 762-9927.