BOKA Powell has designed new apartment style student housing for Northwestern State University that is adding 392-beds and 140,000 SF to campus. The overall design objective was to give students a safe, state-of-the-art living environment that provides clear circulation to the campus and the dining hall. The parking around the complex is zoned to minimize walking distance.
Three buildings are configured on the site to create a variety of exterior spaces connected by a Community Center. The outdoor activity areas include volleyball courts and a swimming pool. The Community Center consists of a large multi-purpose room, office suits and a lobby/lounge area.
The living units are situated in clusters of nine, minimizing the number of corridors and the feel of a traditional dormitory environment. There are common areas on each floor which include study space, activity lounge areas, and laundry facilities. The exterior façade of the buildings are designed to harmonize with the historic campus architecture, yet maintain their own unique quality.