The Collaborative

Rockford University

Burpee Student Center


  • Architecture
  • Interior Design


Rockford, Illinois
Rockford University


Rockford University teamed with The Collaborative to bring new life to the campus student center. Since the early 1980s, the building had been renovated piecemeal to house various administrative departments, leaving little space devoted to student-centered functions. The goal of this exercise was to reclaim the building for students.

New spaces include a café and snack bar on the first floor and new student lounge areas, study areas and restroom upgrades to improve the overall student experience.

Working within a strict budget, The Collaborative and Rockford met with focus groups to identify needs and prioritize improvements.

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