Over the course of eight months the Capstone-Harrison Street team competed in a competitive RFP process in which the team was ultimately awarded the development, design, finance and construction of a new $134 Million on-campus residential mixed-use village. The new village encompasses 2,171 beds in 5 new concrete residence halls, 19,000 sf dining commons and a 20,000 sf wellness/recreation center all constructed in 2 phases delivered August 2017 and August 2018. The project provides a combination of semi-suite and traditional style units, a health and wellness facility, outdoor pool, dining facility and retail spaces. The new village is located on the north portion of campus, replacing an older, 1960’s era housing complex.
Phase I of the project included the demolition of four existing student residential buildings, adjacent support buildings and an outdoor pool. This site preparation was followed by the construction of a new residential village with about 900 beds. Phase II of the project continued with the demolition of five remaining residential buildings, adjacent support buildings and construction of approximately 1,200 beds. In total, the project increases USF’s housing levels by about 1,000 beds, raising the on-campus capacity to nearly 7,000.
The Village was designed to LEED Silver construction standards. As of August 2019, the wellness center component, The Fit, surpassed the team’s LEED Silver target and achieved LEED Gold certification. LEED certification submissions are in progress for the balance of The Village’s buildings.