CA Ventures, UnCommon Student Housing
Eugene, OR | 2014
Located close to the University of Oregon, this 120-unit student housing complex provided a mix of much-needed student housing close to the campus. This urban infill development scales down from six stories to five as it mediates the transition of the West University neighborhood from an active medical and commercial area to the east and a long-standing residential community to the west.
UnCommon's distinctive facade draws inspiration from trees in a forest, using a mix of fiber cement, cedar, metal panels, and stucco across the exterior to create an organic sense of movement and shift that breaks up the fixed rhythm of windows and stories.
Its mix of fully furnished, 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-bedroom units includes two integrated townhouses that open directly onto the street. Amenities include interior and exterior gardens, a fireplaced study lounge, and first floor fitness center. Entrances are defined by two prominent portals that offer shelter from the weather. Bus rapid transit stops just outside the complex, which also provides generous bicycle parking. The highly sustainable project is LEED Gold Certified and anticipates a 43% reduction in energy consumption.
UnCommon is one of a series of high-end urban residential complexes that Shepley Bulfinch has designed for a leading developer of privately managed student housing. It is located blocks away from Eugene Public Library, which the firm completed in 2003.
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- Square Footage: 198,000 SF
- > Awards
Shepley Bulfinch TeamCalvin Cangco
- Student Housing Business Innovator Awards, Winner: Best Use of Green and Sustainable Construction/ Development (Off-Campus)