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Wofford’s Village student apartments win national award

Friday, October 12, 2007

Builder magazine to feature project in October issue 

The Village senior apartments have been recognized by Builder's Choice magazine.WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Village, Wofford College’s senior student apartment complex, has been nationally recognized with a Merit Award in the 27th Annual Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards presented by Builder magazine.

Builder magazine recognized the Village in the category of “Best Site Plan (Up to 20 Acres)” during the awards presented on Thursday, Oct. 11.  Nearly 500 entries were considered in the competition, which sets the standard for design and planning excellence in the industry.  All winners are featured in the cover story of the October 2007 issue of the magazine.

The Village is designed to provide a sense of community built around interesting residential architecture, front porches, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly streets, shops, outdoor recreation, and “hang out places.”  It’s the “new urban” kind of place that Richard Florida has described in his series of books, most recently “Cities and the Creative Class,” where the three Ts (technology, talent and tolerance) take root and flourish.

The new urban concept developed in the Village complements Wofford’s historic district at the center of campus.

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Phase II of the Village was completed for the opening of the fall 2007 academic year, allowing 60 percent of the seniors to be housed in the complex on Evins Street.  The 1,200-square-foot apartments each feature four private bedrooms, two full baths, a full-size kitchen, dining area with dinette set and four chairs furnished, four kitchen bar stools, large front porch or balcony with one rocking chair per student furnished, and more.  By the beginning of the 2008 academic year, the complex will be completed and all seniors will be housed there.

McMillan Smith & Partners Architects, PLLC of Spartanburg designed the Village and received the award.

It is the second time this year that a Wofford project has been recognized nationally for a building project.  College Planning & Management magazine featured Leonard Auditorium’s restoration and renovation in the 2007 Education Design Showcase in June, recognizing the project for “Outstanding Architecture and Design in Education.”

Check out the Wofford Village for more information!