Student housing has dramatically evolved from what it was in the past, and more so in just the past 20 years. Today’s campuses offer thoughtful living spaces with the student experience in mind, including tired dorms renovated to make them comforting, warm and communal, and privately developed, near-luxury residences that expand capacity and help with recruiting efforts. Our portfolio of experience in this space crosses a broad spectrum that includes major remodels of campus landmarks, building a “college within a college” at Arizona State University, as well as a major portfolio of student housing at campuses in Arizona, California and New Mexico, under the leadership of Kitchell company hardison/downey construction, inc.

  • Arizona State University Barrett Honors College

    This “campus within a campus” consists of six residential towers, plus a multi-use building that includes residential, classrooms, offices and space for a student dining facility.

  • Arizona State University Manzanita Hall

    Led by hardison/downey, this total remodel of an ASU icon features two student dining facilities, fitness center, mail and computer rooms, student lounges and a business center. Exterior improvements include new landscaping, courtyards, basketball and sand courts.

  • California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Student Housing South Project

    A new $165 million, design build project which includes seven 4 & 5-story buildings consisting of approximately 1,444 student beds, 29 resident advisor spaces and two apartments for the professional staff, totaling 383,000 SF; a campus welcome center and a 483-space parking structure totaling approximately 154,000 SF; site utilities, hardscape, site lighting and signage.  The project is designed to achieve the CSU’s standard equivalent to LEED Gold.

One of our most gratifying projects was the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University, the first purposely designed four-year live-in college in the state, modeled after similar facilities at Ivy League schools. The goal in designing and constructing this sustainable-living community was to achieve LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The project exceeded the Silver requirements and was awarded Gold instead — an honor befitting a project for one of the country’s top honors colleges. In keeping with its sustainable-living mission, Barrett Honors College has instituted a forward-thinking recycling program that has also exceeded expectations, achieving a recycling rate of 92.6 percent.