Gateway Village Apartments
BCWH and McMillan Pazdan Smith collaborated on a new and innovative “urban village” housing concept at the University of Richmond. The concept encourages social interaction and a sense of community through effective building placement and incorporating neighborhood amenities while maintaining the traditional collegiate gothic architecture of the campus. The housing concept consists of a variation of two, three, and four-story buildings connected by circulation “links.” The “links” house vertical circulation and also serve as central social spaces to promote student interaction. Modern, open floor plans balance the private, individual spaces with expansive, open public living spaces. The interior living spaces are linked to exterior facility amenities through large porches and vertical circulation, creating a sense of “the third place” that universities desire for social and academic interaction. The distinctive village housing neighborhood takes advantage of the open green space of the adjacent intramural fields, incorporating this amenity into the design. The project is LEED Silver certified by the US Green Building Council.