Florida International University Parkview Student Housing

FIU Parkview Dorms main

This project by HKS Architects won a 2014 Award of Honor from the AIAOrlando chapter by an independent jury selection. Parkview Housing is an on-campus residence hall providing 620 students with new housing that promotes an active live/learn community environment through a variety of common-use spaces. The project is located in the southwest quadrant of the campus just north of the university’s football stadium. The building creates a forecourt to game-day activities and is positioned to overlook the campus’ nature preserve, providing students a choice in viewing experiences between a more urban environment to the east and a more natural landscape to the west. Parkview is seeking LEED Gold certification.

FIU Parkview Dorms concepts

The design solution for the building was derived from its inextricable connection to the unique site conditions and the series of outdoor rooms shaped by the elements of the project. By dividing the program into two components, these could frame both sides of an existing street, creating a vibrant MAIN STREET environment supporting a variety of student life activities. This naturally divided the outdoor spaces into four distinct zones: the Stadium Plaza, Main Street, Panther Alley (the area between Panther Hall and the parking garage) and the Preserve, each with a unique landscape character and spatial quality. The connectivity between the building’s residential blocks was enhanced by a COMMONS BRIDGE, designed as not only a unifying element at the 3rd floor, but also as additional student spaces for study, recreation and repose. The figural head of the design evolved from the decision to link all the student commons spaces into a singular continuum of similar uses. The assembly of these spaces begins in the east with an amenities deck on top of the garage, lingers through the COMMONS BRIDGE, and culminates in the projected space of the MULTI-PURPOSE ROOM to the west. The ground floor of both buildings will contain offices, staff apartments, and large open areas which may be enclosed in the future for retail and/or academic functions, or left open to provide shaded outdoor gathering areas.

FIU Parkview Dorms siteplan

This project also received a National Gold Award  for Best Conceptual Student Housing, from  Habitation Design Magazine. You can learn more about HKS and this project on their website at this link:

FIU Parkview Dorms aerials


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2 Responses to Florida International University Parkview Student Housing

  1. Carmelo Monti (Mel) says:

    I find the residential complex interesting but am always concerned when I see a large cantilevered projection extending out where there is no obvious means of egress exhibited on the exterior of the building from the cantilevered structure above. What I mean by this is judging from the scale of a standard parking space, as no graphic scale appeared on the presented plan, the width of the projection appears to be approximately 45 to 50 feet, and the length about 72 to 75 feet. This correlates to a an area of approximately 3200 to 3750 SF. Let’s assume this is an assembly type space as exhibited by the rendering, and therefore using an occupant load factor of 1:15, which yields an occupant load between 214 and 250 persons. The grand space would require two exits minimum, separated by 1/3 the diagonal of the space if sprinklered, or 87.5’/3 = 29′. This is not difficult to achieve since you have 45 feet of width to separate the exits. My true concern comes with the common path of travel. If the interior dimension exceeds 75′ before splitting into two separate directional paths of travel you essentially caused a dead end to develop. Or, if you exceed 75 feet of travel to reach an exit from the space itself, the room becomes a dead end as well. I am assure that the architects resolved this issue as it has been approved by the AHJ, but I do always wonder in my mind when I see such large cantilevered spaces.

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