CLIENT: Gilbane

LOCATION: Tempe, Arizona

Located within 1,000 ft. of ASU’s Tempe Campus, Apollo is a 391-unit mixed-use development with student housing, market-rate, and workforce housing. Within the 5, 6, and 7-story buildings, it offers 326 college housing units, with 944 beds, 55 workforce, and 9 market-rate units. Along Terrace Road lies 12,000 sq. ft. of retail space featuring a restaurant with an outdoor patio on the corner attracting nearby pedestrians. In close proximity to the light rail, this urban project is a transit-oriented development. The 7-level, wrap parking structure has 641 spaces to serve both residents and retail clientele. With a contemporary feel, this community offers several resort-style amenities, including a 25,000 sq. ft. rooftop amenity deck offering panoramic views of the city. The rooftop patio features 2 luxury pools, a gaming area, and several lounge spaces. Adjacent to this patio is the sky lounge with a fitness center, yoga room, restrooms, and a lounge. Unique in design, a 30 ft. custom TV is devised to be viewed by all areas of the rooftop patio and fitness center. Connected to the lobby, residents can unwind in the coffee lounge or game room with billiards and ping pong. Several study lounges are available throughout the buildings for students and their academic studies. The ground level courtyard is a vibrant, engaging space with a luxury pool and spa, fire pits, and cabana. This space provides another outdoor social area. Adjacent to the pool, residents have access to the uniquely designed 6,000 sq. ft. open-air fitness center at grade with roll-up doors. Other amenities include a dog park and basketball court located outside of the workforce/market-rate component of the project.

College & University

Selecting a college or university usually comes down to location and academic programs. However, an increasing number of students and their families are looking for the quality, type, and standard of living offered by student housing communities as one of the deciding factors. Secure and well-maintained housing facilities support the recruiting process and greatly assist universities in attracting and retaining highly qualified students. From years of planning and designing college and university facilities (both public and private), we believe that all spaces should be created with the end user in mind, especially when designing learning environments. Human-centered design focuses on people and how they will use the space, for growth and development, social interaction and living and learning. These should be spaces of inspiration, to supply students with the tools they need to succeed in today’s ever-changing world. At Todd & Associates, we are continually looking for innovative ways to improve the design of student housing communities. By exploring new ideas and processes, such as the multi-phased process of the 21st Century Project of ACUHO (Association of College and University Housing Officials), we are ensuring that these communities better reflect the ever-changing roles their residences play in the collegiate experience.