Design Updates for UNC’s Residence Halls Mirrors A Growing Trend

Press Release // November 27, 2016

Chapel Hill, North Carolina – When students moved into several residence halls on the University of North Carolina back in August, they experienced new interior branding and bold graphic updates with the goal of instilling school pride and increasing the percentage of students living on campus.

Designed and fabricated by Dimensional Innovations, a design-build firm located in the Kansas City area, the nine refreshed residence halls completed phase one of a larger plan to update all 31 residence halls on the University of North Carolina campus over a three year period. The nine initial residence halls updated were Stacy, Hinton James, Horton, Craige, Craige North, Hardin, Koury, Ehringhaus and Everett.

The University of North Carolina, the nation’s oldest public university, had not made any significant updates to their residence halls since 1944.

“Dimensional Innovations was thrilled to work on this project. The University of North Carolina had a great overall vision to creatively update their student housing. Our design team brought the North Carolina brand and rich history to life within the spaces, effectively updating the residence halls,” said Brad Woods, practice director at Dimensional Innovations. “Having our design and fabrication team under one roof also helped us meet tight timelines, while sticking to their budget, so the dorms were completely ready by move-in day.”

In college towns across the country, luxury apartments are a growing trend giving on-campus housing some stiff competition. As several residence halls continue to age at established colleges and universities, those investing in refreshes and new interior designs are seeing a rise in on-campus housing and increased campus pride.

Phase two of the student housing updates will be completed in mid-January, 2017, with phase three expected to done by the Summer of 2017.

Before and After photos of the space are attached. (Photo credit: Dimensional Innovations)

For more information, please contact Brad Woods, Practice Director at Dimensional Innovations, at 913.384.3488 or


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