Humphreys & Partners to Design Student Housing in Waco Town Square

By Anuradha Kher, Online News EditorWaco, Texas–SWB Heritage Square Partners L.P. has selected Dallas-based Humphreys & Partners Architects L.P., to design the student living facility in downtown Waco, part of Waco Town Square, a 17-acre, mixed-use development.Humphreys & Partners recently rolled out its new copyrighted “e-Urban” design to the multifamily industry. This design utilizes a number of innovative features including elevator lobbies and no corridors to create a high-efficiency ratio for net rentable space. In addition, the developer will incorporate energy-saving components and solar considerations that will enable the student housing facility to qualify as a green building.The four-story building will include 368 beds, a state-of-the-art computer and business center, fitness center, on-site parking and direct access to the Baylor University shuttle route.In addition, SWB has recently established an advisory group, consisting of approximately 20 Baylor University students, who will provide feedback to the developer throughout the building process on amenities and other important features.“We felt it was important to seek input from local college students,” says Kevin Matocha, SWB partner. “After all, they are the ones who will be living here.”The student facility is slated for completion in fall 2009, with pre-leasing scheduled to begin in spring 2009. Construction on the project will begin this spring.