To meet the demands of incoming students and increase the retention rate of upper-class students in university housing, Purdue University looked to build new housing on its West Lafayette campus that offered spacious, upscale semi-private accommodations.
The First Street Towers offer private beds and private baths in an apartment-like arrangement accommodating 539 students. Each unit shares a common living space, laundry, and kitchen facility (“cluster-type” housing) and has areas for group and private study. The complex is comprised of a combination of five- and six-story buildings, arranged around distinct landscaped courtyard areas. A community center is located in the middle of the complex, with collaboration spaces and an open computer lab.