As the university student population increases, so does the demand for housing that more closely matches regular, independent residential life. Bloomsburg University’s vision was looking to develop a 15-acre site as part of the upper campus. A 520-student housing complex was proposed to help reduce the student overcrowding in the lower campus.
The site design was challenging in many ways. The ground was steeply sloped, and the sanitary sewer either had to be pumped, or brought from more than one half of a mile away. The high elevation of the three four story buildings required separate fire and domestic water booster pump stations. Complicating the project was the fact that ADA accessible paths were required to connect the separate buildings with floor elevation differences of forty feet.
Larson Design Group teamed with STV Architects to get the project bid on budget. The complex opened in time for the Fall 2009 semester.