New Student Housing Opens Featuring Townhouse-Style Apartments
- Aug 13, 2012
Denver—Gone are the days of student housing resembling bunkers or bomb shelters. Today’s student housing features apartments where students might actually choose to live, instead of just settling because there’s no better option. Such is the case with Bison Run Village, the new 332-bed student housing community at the University of Wyoming in Laramie, Colo. Developed by American Campus Communities Inc. and designed by KTGY Group, Bison Run Village includes 15 residential buildings and a 4,000-square-foot community center.
The community features 84 apartment units, which are mostly four-bedroom, three-bathroom units. The apartments are rented by the bedroom. Bison Run Village is also in a townhouse-neighborhood, which is unusual for student housing.
“The reason behind designing Bison Run Village in a townhome setting is for students to feel that during the four or five years that they are in school, they are part of a community within the university campus community,” Geovany Hernandez, project manager, KTGY Group in Denver, tells MHN. “Inside each apartment home, each student will have his or her own bedroom in a four-bedroom apartment with a shared living and kitchen area.”
The townhouse-style apartments offer many benefits to students.”
“The townhome concept allows for most of the bedrooms (private spaces) to be separate from the living spaces (public spaces),” Jessica Musick, project designer, KTGY Group in Irvine, Calif., says. “This separation is perfect for sharing space with roommates and helps isolate noise and social areas to the ground floor. Front porches, kitchens and living spaces define the public space while the majority of the bedrooms are located at level two and in some units level three. The townhome concept also allows most units to have a front and back door. The front door serves as the formal access from the courtyards and pedestrian connections. The backdoor serves as the informal convenient access point to parking.”
It also allows for some protection from the weather.
“In a cold environment like Laramie, the townhome concept puts all of the vertical circulation into the individual units,” Musick says. “This eliminates the need to condition common stairways or corridors that would otherwise occur in a stacked flat building.”
Amenities for Bison Run Village include walkways that connect students to adjacent on-campus residential neighborhoods, the community center and modes of transportation to get to campus, making it easy for students to get around.
Additionally, the community building will serve as a visitor center for student amenities and will also include study rooms, a mail center and a lounge with a gaming area.