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Villanova University - The Commons

The Wait is Over: Villanova adds six new state-of-the-art residence halls after 19 years

This seven-building development includes six four-story student housing buildings and a 20,000-sf Central Utility Plant built alongside Lancaster Avenue on the south side of Villanova University’s campus. The building has space for 1,135 students in dorms that feel more like apartments than student housing. The apartments come with fully furnished kitchens and bathrooms. The buildings have shared spaces like fitness centers, student lounges and outdoor courtyards. The Commons also have a retail shopping area, market-style convenience store and a restaurant that both students and locals can enjoy.

The Commons was certified LEED Silver thanks to the sustainable features of the building, like the two underground cisterns which collect stormwater from the buildings’ roofs and uses it for the buildings’ cooling systems.

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Location:
Villanova, Pennsylvania
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Square Feet:
400,000
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Stories:
4
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Service:
Structural
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Industries:
Higher Education, Multi-Family Residential
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Primary Material:
Concrete

Project Highlights

  • Dorm layouts include two-bedroom apartments with two full baths, a kitchen, dining and living rooms in each; single-unit rooms with semi-private bathrooms; two-bedroom suites with full bathrooms and kitchenettes in them; and four-bedroom apartments with two shared bathrooms, kitchens and living rooms in them.
  • The buildings are Dark Sky compliant, so they won’t increase light pollution around the campus.
  • The buildings have smart locker mailrooms and an IT tech zone.

Awards and Certifications

  • LEED Silver
  • GBCA’s 2020 Construction Excellence Awards for Best Specialty Contractor Project
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Steven Krumenacker

Principal, Wayne

PE

I appreciate the collaboration process of what we do. There are so many different people in different disciplines—contractors, architects, developers, owners, engineers—that are taking a concept, an idea that is sketched-out, and turning it into a physical piece of the built environment.”

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