MIXED-USE DORMITORY PROJECT AT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

MIXED-USE DORMITORY PROJECT AT COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON

This privately developed, 400,000 SF mixed-use project includes retail space,
apartments, a student cafeteria, a student dormitory, and a 600-car parking garage.
The site is located in the center of downtown Charleston, diagonally across the
street from the College of Charleston’s historic main administration building. After
completion of construction, the complex was sold to the College of Charleston to
meet student housing, parking, and food-service needs.

There are three-, four-, and five-bedroom apartments with kitchenettes for
upperclassmen, with the bedrooms designed for single-student occupancy. The
freshman dormitory consists of primarily two-bedroom suites for four students and
also includes spaces for common area laundry rooms, study rooms, social rooms,
and entertainment areas. The ground floor of the freshman dormitory consists of
a 25,000 SF cafeteria with multiple food-service options. There are a variety of
storefront types and shop sizes with street frontage on the main pathway between
the campus and the downtown shopping district of Charleston. Some retail spaces
also face a public courtyard that opens to the street and leads to the 600-car
parking garage.

The complex is designed to appear as three separate structures built in a tight
urban setting. Brick is the predominant material of the apartment/retail component
while the dormitory/cafeteria building is clad in stucco; both materials are found
on adjacent historic college and city structures. The garage is faced with precast
concrete panels and is designed to be compatible with the city’s historic district
guidelines.