Wichita State University (WSU) needed an additional residence hall to give more students the option of living on campus.
Crossland partnered with WSU student housing and the real estate developer to design and construct "The Suites" - a 220-bed, suite-style residence hall open to both freshman and upperclassmen. The building offers mostly two-bedroom units, with a few one and four-bedroom suites as well. Each suite contains a living room, kitchenette, bathroom, and a washer and dryer.
To encourage students to spend time together, The Suites features a large common lobby with a ping pong table and pool table, large TVs and generous seating, and a full kitchen and vending machine area. An "E-sports" gaming room was also added, as well as a lounge area on each floor to give students easily accessible places to get together and study.
Crossland worked with the developers and WSU early in the project to achieve their student housing goals, and maintain the cost structure they needed. We monitored spending throughout the project, looking for opportunities to reduce costs without sacrificing quality. For example, we utilized contemporary luxury vinyl tile (LVT), which adds depth and durability to standard vinyl tile, while costing less than wood or ceramic floors.
Overall, that close attention to costs and value analysis enabled the Crossland team to return a budget surplus of over $700k at the completion of this on-time job.