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East Campus Residential Development

East Campus Housing Project Breaks Ground

A view of the East Campus project

A 12-month project to add new apartments, small houses, and community space on the east side of campus is underway.

The housing project between Uintah and San Rafael Streets aims to address current demand, including the desire of seniors to stay on campus for all four years. New lodging will bring more students currently living in the neighborhood back within the campus boundaries; reduce triple accommodations; and expand housing options for students. The project harmonizes with the neighborhood and is being completed with thoughtful attention to what it replaces.

The East Campus Housing Project will be home to 154 students within a housing community that provides various housing formats throughout eight residential buildings, offering open communal spaces and private rooms.

“The intent is to reach beyond traditional junior and senior student housing models in an effort to be innovative and flexible in meeting the needs of CC’s ever-changing student population,” says John Lauer, associate vice president for student life. “This project will be distinctively CC while also being a model of innovation for the student housing industry.” CC is one of three campuses nationwide that have built new housing as part of the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Twenty-First Century Housing Project.

The space is designed to intentionally create the feeling of a close-knit neighborhood, while allowing connections to the rest of the CC campus. The view along Nevada Avenue and Uintah Street will change: The new lodging shifts a parking lot away from Nevada Avenue, replacing it with large houses. While the new residences will replace older homes, the project will restore the century-old woodwork it replaces and leaded glass from these homes will also be recovered and repurposed in other heritage buildings on campus.

The estimated $18 million project, which will blend the traditional with the contemporary, also includes a community center and classroom, an office for a residential life staff member, a laundry room serving the broader East Campus area, and parking. It also provides plenty of green space, several indoor-outdoor areas, and a crosswalk location for safer access across Nevada Avenue. Sustainable architecture, energy systems, and landscaping anchor the community’s design.

Work to develop accommodations to fit campus needs was underway long before crews arrived to begin the East Campus Housing Project. The project began with the 21st Century Summit held on campus in April 2009, which identified five tenets to guide residential projects on the CC campus: community, flexibility, sustainability, technology, and innovation. Those tenets and feedback from the summit were integrated into the renovations of Mathias, Slocum, and McGregor Halls and the Western Ridge Apartments.

The additional space will help the college meet demand for housing without changing the requirement that students live on campus for three years. The project is part of CC’s Campus Master Plan and strategic plan. Completion is planned for July 2017, making the new residences available for the start of the 2017-18 academic year.

What’s Happening Now?

The first phase of the East Campus Residential Development is the North Block Project. It will focus on increasing the apartment and cottage options for juniors and seniors, addressing the immediate issue of providing housing to meet the demand of the three-year live on campus requirement and four-year housing guarantee for students. The newly updated Campus Master Plan has identified this campus block for a new student housing neighborhood. Currently, the block is a surface parking lot and has 12 1920s-era properties that are owned by CC but managed by an external company. This portion of the project is focused on the northernmost block of this neighborhood bordered by San Rafael Street to the south.

The concept design phase will produce two to three design options for a vibrant, attractive, and sustainable student housing neighborhood that provides the campus with 200-280 student bed spaces. The additional space can be built all at once or in phases. The suggested design concepts will also include options for community multipurpose space for 150-300 students, space that can be used for live music, dances, coffee house, art exhibits, or other ideas; dynamic outdoor options; apartments for visiting faculty; and the potential for a new health, counseling, and wellness center.