University Place @ Lasalle will be a 6 building, 700 + bed urban Student Neighborhood development. The 9 1/2 acre property is proximate to ideal “college town” amenities: just two blocks from the University at Buffalo’s flagship Main Street Campus, across the street from Buffalo’s most heavily used urban recreational park and a short walk to Buffalo’s Light Rail transit line connecting the Main Street Campus to UB Downtown.
The development is an alternative to typical crowded and often isolating student dormitories and emphasizes a “complete streets” model highlighted by short blocks, lively glassy and friendly street corners, and a series of very small scale usable courtyards. The centerpiece of the concept is a pedestrian friendly Entry Piazza/Transportation Hub surrounded by its two signature buildings: a 4 story 312 bed undergraduate suite style dormitory, and a mixed- use Graduate student apartment style building.
Over 15,000 square feet of street-level activity spaces include a wide range of dedicated study labs, a juice/coffee bar, student activities and recreational uses. Several spaces will enjoy working fireplaces-this is the North Country !!!
Extensive surface parking requirements are hidden behind individual buildings in small pods that feel appropriate to the surrounding neighborhood scale.
Charles Gordon Architecture is leading a team that also includes Conway & Company Architects, eco_logic STUDIO and BMS Design on the $40,000,000 undertaking. Construction started in December 2014; completion/full occupancy is expected in Fall of 2017.
The design concept evolved over almost three years and required several programming scenarios to accommodate complicated property acquisition, brownfield redevelopment and zoning requirements. CGA played a significant role in establishing a final building program that integrated urban design principles with zoning requirements and addressed community-based concerns of increased density in an existing urban neighborhood.