Northern Arizona University SkyView
Client: American Campus Communities
Location: Flagstaff, Arizona
The planning and design of SkyView was established to increase on-campus housing for upper-classmen students who had to live off-campus during NAU's multi-year boom in freshmen enrollment. The design features modern, apartment-style units with 626 beds. Characterized as "an expansion of the Hilltop Townhomes," SkyView consists of six 3-, 4- and 5-story buildings with a 4-story, 721-space parking structure. Consistent with ACC's goal to provide dynamic student housing, it is tailored to meet their upper-classmen residents' needs and desires. Each apartment offers 4 private bedrooms and bathrooms, a shared living room, kitchen, and laundry room. The community features a fitness center, spacious lounge, game room, and business center. Outdoor space includes lushly landscaped courtyards with seating areas for its' students.
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.