Dormitories are not what they used to be, and that is a good thing! Stephen F. Austin State University is opened a new 400 room dormitory this fall. The Lumberjack Landing freshman only dormitory is packed with modern amenities such as larger rooms, microwaves and mini refrigerators, community kitchen, and according to the SFA website, a room designer. Say WHHHAAT?
The freshman only dorm also has a parking garage and outdoor amenities. Kudela & Weinheimer had the pleasure of designing the hardscape and softscape for the student housing facility, which was designed by Kirksey Architects. Although many of the amenities planned for the outdoor space were value engineered (a fancy architectural way to say eighty-sixed) the facility still ended up with a pretty swanky fresh air space. Just look at the pictures! Originally planned, the outdoor spaces included amenities like an outdoor movie theater which would project onto the garage, grilling stations, sand volleyball courts and a conversational fire pit area. The outdoor student space ended up with some great gathering spaces, none-the-less, with modern furniture, study spaces, and sunning areas.
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