Purdue University - Calumet Student Housing, Phase II
This $26.5 million, two-phase project allowing the university 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. Design challenges included the presence of very poor subsurface soil conditions at the location of the housing building. A detailed cost analysis was performed to optimize the foundation system. The building was designed to resist wind and earthquake loads. Framing for the elevator and stair shafts was designed to achieve fire resistance in accordance with building code requirements.
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 private sleeping rooms in each building are combined into 95 apartment type four-person living suites that each contain four bedrooms, two shared bathrooms, kitchenette, and shared living space. 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.
Student amenities include a centralized laundry, TV lounge, semi-private study rooms, support spaces, and classrooms. Exterior and interior materials were selected for their durability, resilience, and low maintenance and cost. As a precautionary measure, perimeter service roads were created to allow easy access to all the exterior mechanical and electrical units.