Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN January/February 2018 StudentHousingBusiness.com 50 Focusing on Experience As Generation Z enters their college years, student housing architecture designs are changing — on- and off-campus. Compiled by Katie Sloan, Jaime Lackey and Randall Shearin S Student housing is seeing a change as students and universities desire study areas, flexible space, communal gathering spaces and other amenities that enhance their college experience. Design- ers are brought in at the forefront to imagine new spaces, and bring to life what developers, students and universities envision. SHB recently interviewed several of the most active student housing architects to find out what trends they are seeing with the latest projects on their boards. SHB spoke with Jack Boarman, partner, BKV Group; Ray Kimsey, president, Niles Bolton Asso- ciates; Mary Moltzan, principal, Charlan Brock Associates; Peter Bartash, associate principal, Cube3 Studio; Greg Faulkner, president, Hum- phreys & Partners Architects; and Aldo Minozzi, project manager and design team leader, PQH Group Design. SHB: What are clients asking for in terms of amenities? How has this changed and do you see more changes on the horizon? Minozzi: The abun- dance of institutions of higher education has created an envi- ronment of competi- tiveness that is not limited to the aca- demic offerings of col- leges and universities. This competitiveness extends to the qual- ity of their campus facilities and how this reflects on the new student's expecta- tion of their college experience. Campus designs, and particu- larly those of housing facilities, are focused on providing amenities that are becoming closer to resorts than the dorm rooms of previous genera- tions. Although luxury is not a factor, the creation of comfortable spaces that promote student inter- action such as game rooms, fitness rooms, hospi- tality and leisure areas have become standard in new buildings. As competition grows, so will the requirements of amenities that complement the comfort of dormitory units. The fifth floor lounge at UCCS West Edge, designed by Cube3 Studio, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Sterling Northgate, designed by Humphreys & Partners, is a 702-bed, seven-story off-campus student housing project with 2,000 square feet of retail space near Texas A&M University in College Station. Photo courtesy of Cube3 Studio ALDO MINOZZI Project manager and design team leader, PQH Group Design Photo courtesy of Hugh Hargrave/Humphreys & Partners

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