Student Housing Business

MAR-APR 2018

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PROJECT PROFILE March/April 2018 121 an adverse chain reaction that occurs all to often with veteran students. Veterans who lack emo- tional and physical support are less likely to graduate and even less likely to re-enroll if they drop out. As a result, many are unem- ployed or underemployed. An article in the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development noted that while veterans are attending college in higher numbers due to increased education benefits in the post- 9/11 GI Bill, they lack the essen- tial support services they need to graduate. The project team for the Chez Center, comprised of LCM Architects, the College of Applied Health Sciences and the univer- sity's planners, set out to establish a center at UIUC to provide these high-demand services. It took the team more than three years to finalize a site, develop a program and conceive of a design for the new facility. Representatives from UIUC visited other campuses with pro- grams for student veterans. At the time, none existed exactly like the one they envisioned. "So often, veterans offices on campuses end up being located in places like the basement of the student union," says William Goodman, associate dean for administration, College of Applied Health Sciences at UIUC. Universal Design, Universal Support While the Chez Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education is an oasis for its vet- eran students, it's by no means an island. Goodman says it was impor- tant that the center be built on a high-visibility campus location with direct access to classrooms, dining and activities. The cam- pus offered 11 different sites as options, including some remote or off-campus spots. "We wanted it to be in the core of campus," Goodman says. "Ultimately, the site we went with couldn't have been better for meeting that goal. Architecture and design firm LCM has a pedigree in designing for a variety of different disabili- ties, including vision, hearing, mental health, developmental and physical. LCM Partner Jack Catlin says that one of the firm's mis- sions is to create an environment that adapts to people, as opposed to people having to adapt to their environment. "We think about design from the user's perspec- tive," he says. Ask anyone from our team of construction industry professionals what we do. They will answer "we manage risk." For nearly four decades we have been able to deliver creative construction solutions to help our clients realize a successful outcome. We identify the unique elements of each project and implement program efficiency using a depth of experience and expertise in design, estimating, field operations and historical rehabilitations. We know what it takes to ensure that your construction project is a success. DESIGN/BUILD • CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT HISTORIC RESTORATION • SPECIAL PROJECTS GROUP CARPENTRY & INTERIOR FINISHES • SITE W W W . M A R O U S B R O T H E R S . C O M The 14 residences are located on the top floor of the building for privacy and were designed for comfort and maneuverability.

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