Student Housing Business

JAN-FEB 2018

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ARCHITECTURE & DESIGN January/February 2018 52 Boarman: A central theme is a need for variety within the amenity spaces. Adapting these spaces to meet the current needs is a prior- ity, and these needs can vary by the week. Club rooms, and physical fitness facilities like yoga studios and pools, have been very central to amenitized student housing, but that's changing. They're becoming smaller and more focused, and they integrate learning and living by adding things similar to We Work environments — "We Study" envi- ronments. These buildings become students' homes, and in their own home they can get together with students of the same curriculum for a study group session or work session in a more casual, comfort- able environment. So, we're design- ing more workshop/classroom-to- conference room kind of environ- ments. There's flexibility from the very personal environment where you can just sit by yourself and do your schoolwork, or work in groups of many different sizes to focus on academics. That is a key component of current movements. And then there's some very inter- esting, niche aspects that support collective efforts, like a large meal preparation area where groups can get together, make pizza together and play together. Moltzan: Even when tenants are away, there is an expectation for an enhanced parcel receiving experi- ence with real-time notification of delivery. There are spatial and volu- metric consequences, which lead to complexities in unit-design or cen- tralized solutions. Also involved are the security of the packages as well. The needs driving innovation include increased parcel quantity/ frequency; increased parcel size; laundry/dry cleaning; food and grocery delivery; Uber/Lyft Drop off areas; and amenities with a strong indoor/outdoor connection. I'll also add that every area has to be a back-drop for Instagram and Snapchat. Bartash: A common thread we've seen in amenity planning is pro- viding spaces that support not only students' academic endeav- ors, but also their social, health and wellness experience as well. It's a holistic student experience approach. Within that mindset, we've most recently worked with clients via two principal planning methods that elevate the ameni- ties appropriately to each campus and enhance the student experi- ence as a whole. The first focuses on the primary academic areas of study for the school and provid- ing support spaces tailor-made for those students. For example, private music rooms and art stu- dios may be great at one school, while extensive yet flexible study spaces are more appropriate at oth- ers. No matter the particular ame- nity that fits the need, the goal is to seamlessly blend that with the other primary amenities to main- tain a cohesive social and academic experience. The second approach is more community and context based, connecting students to the local community and immersing them in the experience of the city or town — not just the school. In Colorado Springs, a rock climbing / bouldering wall immersed in the study lounge offers a small taste of a popular local activity. Faulkner: We have seen much the same as in the past five years. We're now addressing package delivery rooms and refrigerated food deliv- ery areas in leasing centers. We are seeing larger common areas and amenities than in conventional projects. A 300-unit conventional project will contain about 400 to 450 residents; 300 units in a stu- JACK BOARMAN Partner, BKV Group PETER BARTASH Associate Principal, Cube3 Studio

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