Colorado State University-Pueblo Student Housing Village
Based on a precinct micro-master plan for the north campus area, the Student Housing Village comprises a two -phase, three-building academic village which provides 753 beds; 250,000 square feet of floor space, including 45,000 square feet of common areas; two IT-equipped 700-square-foot classrooms; after-hours bistro; lodge-style great rooms with beam ceilings and group-study lounges for each floor with wraparound floor-to-ceiling glazing. The housing village forms a central green (the Oval) which serves as an entryway for residents and guests, and two quadrangles which provide informal gathering spaces and frame spectacular views to Pikes Peak and the San Juan Ranges. The design creates a cohesive neighborhood by routing pedestrian paths through the buildings' common areas and from the Student Union.
Crestone (Phase I) provides a variety of 2 + 2 shared bedrooms, 1 + 1 private bedrooms and private suites, and a Hall Director’s apartment. The living/learning commons has a great room, multi-media classroom, computer lab, warming kitchen, central laundry, vending, mail, conference/meeting room, control desk, and administration offices. Both north and south house-wings enjoy their own study lounge at every floor, creating intimate group dynamics within the community. The project goals included fostering a sense of community, creating a safe environment, integrating indoor and outdoor spaces, presenting living and learning opportunities and providing residents with technology unavailable off campus.
The second phase of the Student Housing Village includes the 79,000-square-foot Culebra Residence Hall and the 85,458-square-foot Greenhorn Residence Hall. With a mix of unit types including two bedroom/four occupant suites, two bedroom/two occupant suites, one bedroom/two occupant suites, and single bed/RA and ADA suites, individual student privacy is achieved with more than half of the suite mix providing private bedrooms for each resident. Each suite—which comes equipped with data connections and cable TV—has a dedicated bay for desk space to study, walk-in or enclosed storage closets and a compartmentalized bathroom. Within the residential neighborhood, study classrooms are available for group, individual study, and seminar use.
The 237-bed Culebra is unique among the three residence halls in that it houses the “grab’n’go” bistro that faces the Oval. With exterior access this amenity activates the pedestrian plane, blurring the line between indoor and outdoor spaces and becoming a secure, late-night student hang out on campus. While both Culebra and Greenhorn provide living/learning commons with a great room, game room, computer lab, warming kitchen, central laundry, vending, mail, group study rooms, control desk, and administration offices, Greenhorn also houses a multi-media classroom. The 266-bed Greenhorn unifies the housing precinct and defines the northern edge of campus, with married student apartments to the west, and the freshman-sophomore dormitory to the south. It completes two major north/south paseos between the buildings, connecting parking at Walking Stick Boulevard and forming a series of private quads to trellis covered plazas on the academic core to the south.
“A Mountain of Growth: CSU-Pueblo’s new Residential Village prepares the campus for future growth.” ENR Mountain States, September 2010
2010 Colorado Sustainable Design Awards. Second Place, Commercial Architecture
Mountain States Construction Gold Hard Hat Award. Outstanding Higher Education/Research