i/A was the Architect and design team leader for this multi-phased, 512-bed student housing development on a historic site in downtown Richmond, Kentucky along Eastern Kentucky University’s western border. The project was designed and constructed design+build as part of a public/private partnership contract.
The program consists of 128, four-bed, four-bath units – each with their own kitchens, living areas, laundry facilities, and patios. Each of the two primary buildings were designed and constructed in two different structural systems: wood framed and steel-framed. Lessons learned from the cheaper, yet less durable, wood-framed phase one building led to the decision to construct the identical phase two building out of steel frame and concrete planks.