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Student housing development in the time of COVID-19

By Robert Cassidy, Editor
January 08, 2021

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, many college and university residences were completed in time for classes, live or virtual. Here are 14 of the best.

As the coronavirus pandemic grabbed hold last spring, the student housing design and construction industry, like so much of the country’s economic sectors, faced gnawing uncertainties. Would universities open in the fall? Would students be allowed to return to campus? Or would all learning be done remotely? If so, would college residence construction be put on hold? For months, no one had definitive answers to these questions.

This Goldenberg Group commissioned Niles Bolton Associates to design this 471,000-sf mixed-use development adjacent to Temple University in North Philadelphia for 984 students. The 19-story Vantage offers 28,570 sf of amenity space, 32,331 sf of retail anchored by a CVS pharmacy, and a 5,000-sf study lounge. The 12,62-sf fitness center provides space for stretching, cardio, high-intensity interval training, circuit, strength training, power lifting, and active recovery.

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