In 2009 IDS was invited to participate in a project that would result in the renovation of four buildings on the campus of Michigan State University. The University wanted to make life easier for their first year students who lived on-campus. The basic goal was to create a model for student engagement within the common areas of the campus residence halls with a mandate that the space be exciting. IDS became involved in the project at a time when MSU realized their students were not taking advantage of many of the academic and non-academic services available to them because most were located up to a mile away from their dorm buildings.
The 37,800-square-foot renovation of Holden Hall—a seven-story building with over 1,200 students, started the process followed by Hubbard Hall—52,070-square-feet, 12 stories and 1,100 students. It was Hubbard which solidified the template for a world-class residential experience engaging students with vibrant spaces equipped with the latest high-tech tools and gadgets inviting all to meet, socialize, connect and grow.