The Commons Student Housing

Villanova University | Villanova, Pennsylvania

In an effort to provide increased opportunities for on-campus housing for their existing student body and to improve campus presence along Lancaster Avenue, Villanova University initiated the transformation of a large surface parking lot into a student housing and performing arts complex.

Extending the campus aesthetic and character, 400,000 sf of new dormitories and retail will be joined by interconnected courtyards, arcades, and cloisters. Designed to be LEED Silver Certified, the project incorporates stormwater management and other improvements to provide an environmental benefit to the surrounding area. A recently-completed pedestrian bridge across Lancaster Avenue will connect the new complex to the rest of campus. The University will now be able to provide on-campus housing for 85% of its students, thereby enhancing the ethos of the campus community and reducing traffic to and from campus.

Architect of record in association with Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Landscape completed in association with Sikora Wells Appel.


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Size: 405,000 sf
Budget: $122 million


Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Landscape, Sustainability

The Commons Student Housing

Villanova University | Villanova, Pennsylvania

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