Opus’ Institutional Experts Support Growing Demand for Student Living at the University of St. Thomas
Supporting a growing demand for student housing, Opus was chosen to design and construct a First Year Residence Hall at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. A testament to Opus' long-standing, 30-year history with the college, the building will provide opportunities to live on campus for all first-year students with residency requirements.
Located on the north end of campus at the intersection of Selby and Cleveland avenues, the five-story, 210,000-square-foot First Year Residence Hall will provide housing for 480 students in approximately 255 rooms. Residences will be on levels two through five with secured access. Rooms will be primarily double occupancy with several single occupancy options. Each residence level will have study rooms, lounges and common spaces for use by all residents, and on the second level will be a laundry facility.
The first level of the building will have a kitchen featuring cooking on display, as well as a dining area for 480 students with partitions that open to flex spaces for larger events. It will also have two classrooms, a club room, game room and two apartments for resident directors or faculty. Amenities on the first level will be open to the entire campus community.
The building will have one level of below-grade parking that will provide parking for 116 vehicles and racks for 173 bicycles.
The hall will share a below-grade wall with the university's Iversen Center of Faith, a current Opus expansion project at the historical Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas. A pedestrian tunnel will connect the hall to Ireland Hall, the Chapel and Iversen Center for Faith. It will eventually connect to the second year residence hall on the south side of the Chapel, ultimately strengthening the first and second year student community.
Working on a tight schedule, Opus will complete the project by July 2020.