The North Campus Housing creates a new residential village for students.
The townhomes are positioned around two common green areas.
Flexible common space on the ground level encourages socialization and a vibrant living–learning experience.
Common areas feature a kitchenette, dining and seating area.
The North Campus Apartments offers a transitional housing style for students.
The apartments feature one and two-bed units.
Site plan
North Campus Housing, Kenyon College
Gambier, Ohio
The North Campus Housing is a new approach to student housing that creates an ideal mix of flexible and technologically rich shared spaces to bring students together and enrich their campus experience.

This cluster of townhouses will create a village of intimately-scaled residences clustered around a common green. Each townhouse holds three apartments, accommodating a total of twelve students. The first phase of construction will add 96 new beds to campus. When phase two is completed, the 21 townhouse buildings in both phases of the north campus residences will house 220 students.

The twelve-resident houses contain three independent apartments, each housing four students in a mix of single and double rooms. The design creates ground-floor social space for residents, featuring a first-floor kitchenette, living room, dining area, and half-bath. The second and third floors will each house bedrooms and a full bath.

All 21 apartments constructed in the first phase received LEED Gold certification; the buildings in the second phase are on track to do the same. To ensure proper performance, each home undergoes onsite inspections and thorough performance testing after completion.

Key green design strategies include high efficiency building systems and plumbing fixtures, geothermal heat exchange for heating and cooling the homes, EnergyStar appliances, CFL and LED lighting, framing efficiencies, passive random mitigation, durability planning and management process, and energy modeling. Phase One received a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index Score of 65 — exceeding the performance of EnergyStar for Homes by 35 percent.

Sustainable landscape elements include a drought-resistant lawn, non-invasive species in plantings, a reforestation mix on lands greater than 1:4 in slope, and swales with plantings that help with surface water management. In addition, more than 83 percent of the construction waste thus far has been recycled.

The first phase opened in 2011 and is LEED Gold certified. The second phase is on track to open for the 2013 fall semester.


2012 Phase 1


107,200 SF
21 buildings; 220 beds


Brad Feinknopf