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The Village receives national recognition

The Village
2008-08-01

University Business Magazine selects innovative apartment-style living

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Village, Wofford College’s apartment-style housing for its senior students, has been named as the top “Dorm of Distinction” in its category by University Business Magazine, a national publication.

This was the second national honor for The Village, designed by McMillan Smith & Partners Architects, PLLC, of Spartanburg. In October 2007, the complex was recognized nationally in the 27th Annual Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Awards presented by Builder magazine.

Wofford was chosen for University Business’ “Dorms of Distinction” honor for its ability to meet the needs of today’s student including:
• Making students feel at home
• Fostering a sense of community through interior and/or exterior spaces
• Helping keep students and their belongings safe
• Incorporating green elements in an aesthetically pleasing way

Nominations were accepted for on-campus and off-campus student residences for two- and four-year colleges and institutions.

“We received tremendous response to this program,” said Melissa Ezarik, managing editor of University Business. “Institutions sent in photos and renderings and had to complete a questionnaire that was very specific.”

“University Business is greatly respected and read by everyone I know who is looking to improve the quality of student life, so it is an honor for us to be selected for inclusion,” says Robert L. Keasler, vice president for operations at Wofford. “It highlights Wofford’s commitment to create a living environment for our students that encourages interaction and a connection with each other.”

“McMillan Smith & Partners worked closely with Wofford toward a mutual goal – the creation of a stimulating and highly anticipated senior year experience for students,” says Ron Smith, managing principal with the firm. “The urban village environment creates a sense of community that engages immediately, creates a positive experience, and reinforces the student-to-college relationship.”
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.
Phase III of the Village will be completed for the opening of the fall 2008 academic year, allowing all of the college’s 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.

Here is what is included in the University Business Magazine:

Small Private Institution Winner:
Village Housing Complex at Wofford College (S.C.)
The tranquil front porches with rockers or swings, bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly streets, quaint lampposts, and mature trees of this village, exude Southern charm. Yet the 28-building, 276-bed complex is located close to the center of campus, and the team at McMillan Smith & Partners Architects, also in Spartanburg, S.C., designed it as a ‘new urban’ kind of place. The furnished apartments include four private bedrooms, two large bathrooms, a kitchen, a dinette area, a living room, and a porch. The 452-square-foot kitchen/dining/living areas encourage gatherings. Outdoor grills and a borrow-a-bike program, which contribute to easy transportation from other parts of campus, also spark social calls.

 

The $12.9 million project was completed in three phases. The 13-building phase three will be ready for occupancy this fall, making the complex large enough for the entire senior class. The community is considered a treasured rite-of-passage for upperclassmen and has become a word-of-mouth recruiting tool for new students.


For an in-depth look at all the winners and runner-ups, check out the August issue or visit www.universitybusiness.com. The online version of the feature will include additional highlights from other entries, as well.

University Business Magazine is published by Professional Media Group L.L.C. and is a leading publication of business solutions for higher education institutions throughout the United States and Canada. University Business also produces Web seminars, Web sites and custom publications.

For more information about the University Business Magazine selection, contact Melissa Ezarik, managing editor, at 203-663-0136 or by e-mail at mezarik@edmediagroup.com.

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