Purdue-Calumet Student Housing
This $26.5 million, 2-phase project marked an exciting turning point for Purdue Calumet, allowing it to transition from a commuter campus to one with a full-time on-campus student population. Phase I included design of a $12.5 million, 120,000 sft, 4-story housing building, a 6,000-sft community center, adjacent recreational areas, surface parking, and a new access drive. Phase II consisted of a second 4-story, 120,000-sft student housing building with a cost of $14 million. Due to a stringent design budget, cost control was critical. By monitoring cost throughout the design phase, the project was bid under budget.
The new housing facility for Purdue University students was designed with major emphasis on the existing style in the community. There is a unified architectural theme on this campus, and the client wanted this building to blend with the overall campus architecture. Each building consists of residential wings surrounding the core area that contains the management offices, gathering spaces, study rooms, laundry rooms and elevators. The 380 bedrooms in each building are combined into 95 suites that each contain four bedrooms, two full bathrooms, kitchen, and living room. Each suite has its own HVAC system and is provided with telephone, cable TV, and internet service options. The exterior mass was designed in clusters, creating exterior niches used to hide mechanical units, thereby creating a pleasing patterned and rhythmic exterior elevation. Students were provided with a number of centralized laundry rooms, TV lounge, semi-private study rooms, and a combination of large and small meeting rooms. Exterior and interior materials were selected for their durability, resilience, and low maintenance and cost. Zone mechanical systems were selected for versatility. As a precautionary measure, perimeter service roads were created to allow easy access to all the exterior mechanical and electrical units.