The University of New Mexico Casas Del Rio

Client: American Campus Communities

Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Todd & Associates collaborated with American Campus Communities to provide programming and design for Casas Del Rio to further establish UNM’s growing campus. As a LEED Silver project, it supports the University’s broader vision of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and increasing environmental stewardship. Located just north of Johnson Field, this 1,030-bed community consists of four 3- and 4-story buildings with 8 varying unit types. Student amenities include a 6,443 sq. ft. community center with a fitness center, lounge/game room, and ibar. To provide ample space for students to study, 23 individual study rooms and 2 group study rooms were designed. Also offered is a space on every floor equipped with a kitchen and laundry room. The 5,000 sq. ft. Center for Student Success, located on the first floor, was designed to help students achieve success - both in and out of the classroom. This center provides its students with computer labs, study rooms, advisor offices, and a large, open space for events and meetings.

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.