Student Agencies (SAI) is a not-for-profit organization run by Cornell University students and provides experiential learning opportunities to Cornell Students. SAI selected HOLT to help them build a 7-story, 100-bed mixed-use luxury student residence in the heart of Cornell’s Collegetown, a dense urban area directly off the Cornell campus and on the corner of two heavily traveled roads. SAI wanted to enhance the student experience by bringing students into Collegetown and providing a residence that would help them balance the sense of community with independent living.
HOLT worked with SAI stakeholders and students throughout the project to garner critical input on what they liked from existing area housing and other top priorities they would like to see incorporated. This resulted in a facility with a variety of community and private amenities – fitness rooms, study rooms, onsite laundry, and full kitchens in each unit. The amenities also extend outside the building walls to a park-like setting that features benches, tables, and many other areas for impromptu engagements.