University Village Suites wins design award

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  University Village Suites wins design award   By Shawn Jenkins   Kennesaw…

Georgia (Aug 28, 2009)


University Village Suites wins design award

By Shawn Jenkins

Kennesaw State University’s newest student housing facility was recognized by a prominent education industry magazine as a “Project of Distinction Winner” in their 2009 Education Design Showcase Awards.
University Village Suites was awarded the honor by College Planning & Management magazine in their June 2009 issue. The 915-bed residence hall completed in July 2008 was noted for its sustainability, its safety features and a communal design that promotes an engaged, integrated living experience for incoming freshmen.
 “All our key stake holders contributed their expertise about facility design and struck a critical balance between what the millennial generation wants and what they need,” said KSU Residence Life director Michael Sanseviro. “This tremendous honor underscores the importance of creating housing facilities that have the college freshmen psyche in mind.”
Noting that the university lacked the long-standing tradition and long-term attachment of older institutions, the KSU Foundation set out to create a freshman housing model that emphasized a positive living-learning environment that would result in a rich and memorable college experience.
To that end, University Village Suites features individual bedrooms for each student, with a shared kitchenette and bathroom area. Community gathering spaces, Jittery Joes café in the lobby, flat-screen TVs in the game room and furniture designed with a group gaming environment in mind enhance the social atmosphere of the dormitory.
University Village Suites’ developer, University Housing Services, is a leader in the development of sustainable student housing and worked with the Foundation to produce a design that was in step with the sustainability objectives in the university’s five-year strategic plan.
“We greatly reduced the facility’s carbon footprint in a number of ways,” said Bob Mills, executive vice president of UHS. “One thing we did was to maximize natural light. If you walk down any hallway there is light at the end. I tend to believe that people are like plants — we like light.”
University Village Suites incorporates high-efficiency fluorescent fixtures, proximity sensors, electric circuit timers, double-pane windows and ceiling fans. Water consumption is reduced through high-efficiency toilets, reduced-flow shower heads and an underground cistern that recaptures storm runoff for landscape irrigation.



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