Honors College and Residences

Purdue University envisioned an interdisciplinary living-learning community that would serve as a centralized hub for the students, administration, and academic spaces associated with their Honors College program.  As their only academic residential college, the University’s goal was to provide students with an environment purposefully designed for state-of-the-art active learning.

The academic spaces consist of approximately 40,000 square feet to accommodate faculty and staff offices, classrooms, innovation space, and study spaces. Learning and leadership opportunities include a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and agriculture, math) research lab, active learning studios, and an Innovation Forum – featuring an interactive, programmable floor – provides a showcase for student projects.

The “Great Hall”, a flexible space that can be configured to seat more than 400 for lectures, presentations, and events, is the centerpiece of the Honors College. The space is located in the center of the community with access to a primary campus path and greenspace.

The two buildings that make up the community – each with academic space and residential space – are located within the University’s “student success corridor.” Over 800 students live in clusters of roughly 24 students in pod configurations complemented by community and social areas designed to foster informal interaction and collaboration.

3rd & Union Student Apartments

From the beginning of the project, CSO worked closely with the University and their Owner’s Representative to ensure that the project was completed on time and within budget. In order to achieve this, CSO proposed a fast-track approach utilizing multiple bid packages, which was an unfamiliar approach for the University.

Located in Indiana University’s Southeast Neighborhood, 3rd & Union provides students with a low-cost on-campus apartment option. The design blends traditional Gothic features with state-of-the-art amenities and sustainable design. The building features a limestone façade, steep roof with slate-look shingles, and a tunnel-like breezeway between its south and north wings.

The facility houses a combination of 102 one-bedroom and studio apartments designed to attract and retain upperclassmen and graduate students on campus. Each unit features a full kitchen, living area, bedroom, and private bathroom. The programming for the facility is rounded out with multipurpose spaces, a technology center, and laundry facilities that allow the building to facilitate a true living-learning community. In addition, the facility has two storage areas tucked into the exterior walls of the building providing complete shelter for bikes hanging on wall-mounted racks and a spacious recycling room conveniently located next to the exit.

The Collegiate on Angliana

The Collegiate on Angliana is a four building complex adjacent to the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington that utilizes a unique 2-story unit design that eliminates the public corridor on floors 2 and 4, thereby creating a highly efficient floor plate with very attractive units in one, two, three and four bedroom configurations. Every apartment features a spacious layout with secluded areas that provide residents with plenty of space to socialize and private areas for downtime.

The apartments within the complex have townhome-style layouts and include fully equipped kitchens, hardwood floors, private balconies, oversized closets, long hallways for maximum privacy, and spacious living rooms. Additionally, the complex has amenities such as a resort style pool, hot tub and sundeck, fitness center, indoor/outdoor gathering spaces, computer center and study lounge, clubhouse, and basketball and volleyball courts.

The Avenue

The design for the Avenue includes three structures on one site. The main building parallels 10th Street and includes 21,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor.

Apartment amenities and community features include modern apartments fully equipped with black, stainless-steel appliances, walk-in closets and spacious patios and balconies; a fitness center; a saltwater swimming pool with an outdoor kitchen and grill; Internet café, media room, and business center with several study areas.

This 4-story, 76 unit, wood frame apartment building has a concrete and steel podium structure constructed between two buildings. The second building is a 4-story, 48 unit, wood frame apartment building with slab on grade construction. The third building is a 4-story wood frame building consisting of approximately 3,500 square feet of amenity space on the first floor and 6 units (3 flats, 3 townhomes) constructed within the three stories above the amenity space. Additionally, the Avenue has a 3-story, 260 space, on-site parking garage.

8N Lofts

8N Lofts, named by the students at University of Nebraska – Lincoln, is a seven-story, student living community located near the city’s historic Haymarket District on 8th and N Streets. The design of the structure incorporates bold, modern and vibrant elements found within the Haymarket District.

The upscale 172-unit, 624-bed community offers a mix of fully furnished 1,2,3,4 and 5 bedroom apartments and features luxury amenities including a “Husker Sky Deck” on the top floor with a large-screen TV, fire pit, expansive hot tub, sundeck, climbing wall, private courtyards, and grilling stations.

Student residents also have access to a 4,200 square foot clubhouse equipped with a fitness center, computer café, private study lounges, and a theater gaming area. Individual apartment amenities include granite countertops, hardwood-style floors, private bedroom suites, walk-in closets, and full size washers and dryers.

The Lux at Central Park

The Lux at Central Park is a high-end purpose built student housing facility within walking distance of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Located in a quiet grove surrounded by trees and walking trails, the Lux provides a perfect balance of study and recreation for students.

The 194-unit student housing complex consists of one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments to accommodate 608 students. In addition, the complex has community amenities including a fitness center, modern clubhouse, spa, resort-style pool and sundeck, cyber café/study lounge, computer center, game lounge, multi-purpose sports court, indoor/ outdoor gathering spaces, and bike storage.

The design of the facility is intended to balance the desire to blend with the traditional Chapel Hill architecture while also providing a modern facility that meets that needs and desires of today’s students.

The Langston

The Langston features over 370 apartments in nine buildings and was the largest residential project built in Cleveland in over 30 years. With a prime location, the Langston captures the best student-focused amenities, providing easy access to campus, restaurants, shops, and nightlife. The Langston consists of multiple buildings for 1,2,3, and 4 bedroom apartments as well as retail and parking space.

The upscale, contemporary apartments are spacious, with open layouts and amenities such as modern kitchens with stainless steel and black appliances, walk-in closets, and private, attached bathrooms. Additionally, the apartment buildings have built-in study areas, an in-home laundry facility, private conference rooms, and a top-of-the-line fitness and training facility.

Building A is a four-story building with 10 units per floor and 40 total units. Building B is a four-story building with 14 housing units per floor for a total of 56 units. Building C is a five-story building with retail on the first floor and four stories of housing units above that are comprised of 11 units per floor for a total of 44 units. Buildings D, E, F, G, H, and I are four-story buildings with 25 housing units each.

Alpha

Named by the students of University of Alabama, this 698-bed, 266-unit student housing community offers fully furnished one, two, three, and four bedroom apartments. The project scope involved two sites located on the north and south sides of 13th Street East in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. The buildings consist of a combination of 3-story (Type V) and 5 story (Type III) wood framed construction. The northern site includes a 3 level precast concrete parking structure and the southern site includes a single level cast-in-place concrete podium parking structure. The Alpha features a broad array of amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, leasing office, theater and gaming area, computer café, private study lounges, an expansive clubhouse, and garage parking. Outdoor amenities include a grilling area, fire pit, resort-style pool, and sundeck.

Park Hall

Park Hall was the first new residence hall on Ball State University’s campus since 1969.  Initially conceived as part of an area-specific master plan, Park Hall became the cornerstone of the redevelopment of the eastern residential quadrant of campus, which grew to include the renovation of adjacent housing and dining facilities.

The building houses 500 students, with a focus on double occupancy private units clustered around semi-private bathrooms. Amenity spaces include a multi-purpose room, classrooms, music practice rooms, and laundry facilities. Additional spaces including large 2-story student lounges and informal gathering spaces round out the living-learning experience.

As the first project on Ball State’s campus designed to receive LEED certification, a tremendous amount of planning went in to developing sustainable strategies which were not a detriment to the long-term maintenance of the building. Ultimately, the building achieved LEED Silver certification, exceeding the initial goals set for the project.

New Residence Halls

CSO is working with the University of Louisville to design two new residence halls to replace Threlkeld and Miller Halls. In order to maintain enough housing to meet the University’s current needs, the 5-story, 452-bed buildings will be constructed in two phases. For the purpose of efficiency, floor plans for each phase are similar and include traditional-style double- and single-bedroom units arranged around a group of private-use bathrooms.

The buildings are designed to maximize the use of exterior spaces and to engage the students in active areas of living and learning. Amenities for each new facility will include a large multi-purpose room, collaboration spaces, a recreation/game room, a community kitchen, and multiple student lounges. As Design Architect on the project, CSO teamed with JRA Architects, of Louisville, as the architect of record for the project.