- Mixed Use
Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), Estero, FL
Off-Campus Student Housing | Apartments | Retail
University Village is a horizontal mixed-use Santa Barbara-style village adjacent to Florida Gulf Coast University located mid-way between Naples and Fort Myers on Florida’s west coast. To help meet the housing needs of a growing student population, University Village will feature 588 beds along with an array of high-end amenities including a state-of-the-art clubhouse facility, fitness center and large resort-style pool overlooking a ten-acre lake in the center of the complex. The student apartments are three-story walk-ups organized around two spacious courtyards adjacent to the lake and connected to a walking and bike path. The thoughtfully-designed fully-furnished two- and four-bedroom apartment units offer each student a private bedroom and bath and core living and dining areas with WiFi technology. The clubhouse building and outdoor residential amenity spaces transition between the residential buildings and the neighborhood retail center. The retail center is oriented towards a central paseo with a main courtyard facing the lake and the residential buildings, and creates a university environment where students, staff and faculty can meet, shop and eat. The project is designed to be the first of a multi-phase development. As a result, the design needed to stand alone yet seamlessly integrate into future phases of the masterplan.