The University of New Mexico Lobo Village
Client: American Campus Communities
Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Todd & Associates worked collaboratively with American Campus Communities to master plan the campus, which would include additional student housing for both upper and lower division students. This created Lobo Village, an 864-bed student housing project. As a LEED Certified project, it supports the University’s broader vision to reduce greenhouse gas emissions but increase environmental stewardship. Eighteen residential buildings are clustered around spacious landscaped courtyards. Each of the private 4-bedroom/4-bathroom suites shares a common living room and kitchen with in-suite washers/dryers. Ample amenity space includes a social lounge, game room with billiards and gaming systems, theater, and state-of-the-art fitness center. A Student Success Center, study rooms, and a conference room support students’ academic needs. The outdoor space is inviting and spacious, with a pool, courtyards, and several lounge spaces.
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.