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 UHS Receives 3 Project of Distinction Awards

UHS Receives 3 Project of Distinction Awards

7/22/2009

Three University Housing Services (UHS) projects were honored with a Project of Distinction Award in this year's College Planning & Management Magazine Education Design Showcase. The primary magazine exclusively devoted to the business of managing colleges and universities, College Planning & Management, which reaches over 30,000 key decision makers, judges submittals each year and posts winners in both its June issue and online at Education Design Showcase.

Florida Gulf Coast University’s South Village, Florida Institute of Technology’s Harris Village and Kennesaw State University’s University Village Suites were the three UHS winners. Winners were selected based on a list of criteria, including:

CP&M created its comprehensive online database, Education Design Showcase, to serve as a vehicle for sharing innovative, yet practical, solutions in planning, design and construction towards the best possible learning environments for all students at all levels of education.

Highlights of these three UHS projects are as follows:

Florida Gulf Coast University’s South Village

South Village, FGCU’s first five-story facility, opened its first phase of housing, Everglades Hall, in August 2008. UHS worked closely with FGCU and both its architectural and construction management partners to develop a sustainable responsible and ecofriendly building program for this 407 suite-style bed project that also consists of a dining hall, associated parking, campus support facilities and a central energy plant.

While the site chosen for South Village encompassed a total of 124 acres, the final development master plan utilized just under 50 acres to achieve the stated project goals. This project used only 4.6 acres of this total. Although it was not originally intended to be a LEED-certified building, South Village is currently being reviewed for compliance to certification standards. A sister building identical in design, Biscayne Hall, is currently under construction and will be seeking a LEED Silver Certification upon its completion in August 2009. South Village represents a well-crafted collaborative effort among all parties and serves as a model in sustainable design towards a true living-learning community. In addition to receiving a Project of Distinction Award, South Village also received Southeast Construction's 2008 Best College/University Project Award.

Florida Institute of Technology's Harris Village

As part of the Florida Institute of Technology’s Central Campus Redevelopment Program (Phase I), UHS developed Harris Village, a residential complex that houses nearly 400 upperclass students. Completed in the Summer of 2008, Harris Village is one way the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT) is meeting its goal to reposition itself from a good American institution to one of America’s great research universities. Harris Village was carefully designed to minimize any environmental impact to the wetlands bordering one side of FIT and protect large mature trees. UHS’ solution was to create three five-story buildings along the edge of the site, adjacent to the wetlands. The result was a significant reduction in land usage, protection from runoff and the avoidance of uprooting several large mature trees. Because land savings was accomplished through the design, more green, open spaces are available for students to gather and socialize. There’s also walkways and bicycle paths, providing easy access to key areas on campus, thereby encouraging walking and eliminating the need to drive. The innovative design of Harris Village gives Florida Tech a true living-learning community that incorporates all of the principles of New Urbanism through a living, breathing village.

Kennesaw State University's University Village Suites

Kennesaw State University (KSU), the third-largest university in the University System of Georgia, desired a new upscale freshman housing complex that would become the national standard by which student housing is measured. Completed in July 2008, the unique building design reflects KSU’s commitment to create modern facilities that promote healthy, safe and energy-efficient environments while also offering many amenities to encourage socialization.

The central core of the student housing complex was designed as a landmark, or beacon, to communicate a “point-of-arrival” and provide enhanced security. Through the brick pedestrian walkways and large water fountain, students are led to enter the facility through the three-story central lobby, allowing for easy monitoring by KSU staff. The interior of the complex is open and inviting through the extensive use of glass, natural lighting and brightly colored study areas, lounges, game room and coffee shop. There’s even an atrium with an art gallery and exhibition space, showcasing student artwork exhibits.

Coinciding with KSU’s five-year strategic plan, UHS’ design also incorporated numerous environmentally sustainable features towards both energy conservation and increased student productivity. University Village Suites gives KSU’s students many opportunities to socialize and connect in a beautiful and friendly environment.

To review these projects on the Education Design Showcase Website, click the Advanced Search link and type “South Village,” “Harris Village” or “University Village Suites” for each project profile.

About UHS:
As the campus development partner for colleges and universities throughout the United States, UHS has turned student housing projects into successful long-term investments for many higher-education institutions. With its corporate headquarters in St. Petersburg and southeastern office in Atlanta, UHS offers all the services and partnerships needed to guide higher-education institutions throughout a student housing project, including program management, market studies, site selection, master planning, financing, design and construction. For more information, Email or call us at 888-847-8326 (UHS TEAM).

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