By Adina Marcut
Construction of the Williams Village East, a 700-bed student housing community for students of the University of Colorado Boulder, is currently underway. The $96.7 million project totals 178,000 square feet and will house some 3,500 students upon completion in 2019. KWK Architects and alm2s were part of the design-team, while Whiting-Turner Contracting Inc. is the general contractor.
Located on the south side of Baseline Road near 35th St., Williams Village East will be situated east of Williams Village North residence hall, on a site that is currently occupied by a parking lot and four tennis courts that are no longer in use.
The seven-building asset will be built to LEED Gold standards and will include:
- LED lighting
- recycling areas
- occupancy sensor lighting
- green outlets
- thermostats in each room
- low-flow toilets
- door closers,
- VRF HVAC system
“A lot of the energy-efficient features we designed into the building focus not only on saving energy, but also encourage students to get into the habit of being energy conscious,” Meghan Bogener, project architect & interior designer at KWK Architects, said in a statement. “When designing these types of projects, we often ask our clients, ‘do you want to look green, or do you want to be green?’ We find that the best design solutions incorporate both aspects.
The community is designed to match the architectural style of the Williams Village North, which opened in 2011. KWK Architects also recently designed and constructed the $75 million residential colleges Headington and Dunham at the University of Oklahoma in Norma, Okla.
Rendering courtesy of KWK Architects