Napa Valley College Student Housing
Napa Valley College
The goal of this first time on-campus housing project is to provide opportunities for students to have quality affordable housing that supports student success, recruitment and retention goals for the College as a whole. The goal of the facility itself, is to create a sense of community by connecting housing with the campus as well as maximizing underutilized land.
The project consists of three distinct communities - 64 Tradition (dorm style) housing, 156 Student Apartments that range from 1-bedrooms (singles) to 3-bedroom options, as well housing for Students with Families - sharing a single project site was a driver of the planning and design efforts. The result was multiple distinct buildings for each typology, connected by a shared entry plaza that doubles as a community gathering space. Each building has unique unit types to support their various cohorts, but elements such as vertical circulation and common community rooms at each building front the community plaza to activate and engage this shared space. Each building has its own lobby and outdoor spaces. The Traditional (dorm style) and Apartment buildings share a large courtyard supporting both active (recreation, bbq’s, etc,) and passive (sit and relax, sit and study) uses and creating a common ground where community can be promoted among these like groups. The Family housing has its own outdoor space including play equipment and a secure perimeter to support parents of small children.