Pensacola, Florida, USA
Arriving on campus, a prospective student’s first question is almost always, “Where will I live?” It’s often student housing that actually sells the university to a potential student. The University of West Florida wanted a showplace for their students and through Haskell’s design-build process achieved just that.
Haskell created a 78,400-square-foot student housing facility with two towers. The facility combines two-bed, three-bed and four-bed units totaling 252 beds, each equipped with a kitchenette and private bath. Common amenities such as study lounges, student lounges, a computer lounge, TV lounge, hall kitchens, multi-purpose room and laundries dot the facility.
One challenge was the site’s hourglass-shaped, heavily wooded hillside site, which dropped 60 feet from end to end. We carefully planned site work to reduce erosion and preserve the existing western tree canopy. Within the natural landscape, a pedestrian friendly circulation path connects the housing to the existing campus. It’s a sustainable, high-performance campus addition that will enhance the university’s appeal and grow the student population for years to come.
The best testament is from our students who live in Heritage Hall. They love the building and the unique spaces.Ruth L. Davison, PhD Director of Housing and Residence Life, University of West Florida