2400 Nueces Student Housing
The University of Texas has taken a giant step toward integrating student life with surrounding Austin neighborhoods through its new high-rise apartment in its West Campus. The residential project is designed to appeal to upperclassmen, graduates, faculty, staff and young professionals. Blurring the boundaries between “town” and “gown” is an important new trend in university living environments and 2400 Nueces is the most recent example.
2400 Nueces is a major landmark in the developing West Campus neighborhood. In 2004, the city of Austin up-zoned the West Campus neighborhood in an effort to create a more compact, sustainable community by increasing pedestrian and bicycle commuting. As a result, over one-third of the people who work/study at UT Austin currently arrive by foot, by bike or by a combination of the two. 2400 Nueces extends this pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use environment and intends to foster a stronger sense of connectivity with the campus.
The building is broken into 10 “bars” of units—each of which is marked by a distinctive material and color. The bars are organized into an S-shaped configuration that creates two great outdoor rooms—an active court with a pool that has views to the hills of west Austin and a quiet court that is oriented east toward views of the campus. The architectural treatment of the building is designed to create a pedestrian and neighborhood scale while creating the higher density that is essential to achieve the sustainability and community-building goals of the community.
Having achieved LEED Gold certification, 2400 Nueces is a model of sustainability, not only from an urban design point of view, but also in terms of its energy efficiency and resource utilization. Building performance and energy usage was maximized in all phases of construction and occupancy. Energy efficient practices include optimizing orientation to control solar loads by facing 75% of units north or south, maximizing day lighting and natural ventilation and using a reflective “rainscreen” skin on much of the building.
Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB), the first rating system in the US for evaluating the sustainability of buildings, awarded 2400 Nueces four stars and featured the project as a case study on their website. To view it, click here.
2400 Nueces includes 304 units with 622 rooms, almost 10,000 square feet of academic space on the ground level, including office space for UT’s Student Offices, and 532 structured parking spaces. Units include a wide range of living configurations including studios, one/two/three/four bedrooms and townhomes in an effort to encourage a diverse population. The project is a joint venture between UT and Educational Realty Trust, a national developer that specializes in collegiate housing at major universities.
ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Residential/Hospitality Project
Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) Merit Award
Student Housing Business Innovator Awards. Best Public Private Partnership on Campus
Student Housing Business Innovator Awards. Best New Development on Campus
Publications + News
- 2400 Nueces Wins Green Award
- Social Studies: Enhancing Student Lives
- SARA Awards Page Projects - Again
- Page tops list of Austin's architecture firms - again
- Learning From What We Build