Treanor Architects, Lawrence, is teaming up with an engineering firm to design a $175 million student housing project in Qatar.
Treanor and Burns & McDonnell, of Kansas City, Mo., have been hired by the Qatar Foundation to design an environmentally sustainable housing complex at Education City, a 2,500-acre campus at the edge of Doha, Qatar's capital city.
The campus includes education ranging from early childhood offerings to postgraduate studies. Among U.S. universities with campuses of their own at Education City are Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Georgetown, Texas A&M and Virginia Commonwealth.
The housing project will provide 850,500 square feet of space, designed to maximize efficiency of energy and water use by using wind turbines, photovoltaic cells and a "biomass wall" to filter wastewater.
Nadia Zhiri, a Treanor principal, is leading a 10-person team of Treanor employees working on the project. She joined Mike Roark, project manager for Burns & McDonnell, in presenting the team's proposed plans to Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser al-Missned, who chairs the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development and is wife of Qatar's emir.
Among Treanor's student-housing projects are Krehbiel and Rieger scholarship halls and the renovation of Hashinger Hall, all at Kansas University. The firm has facilitated or designed 110 student-housing projects on 57 campuses.