By Ted Stessman – Contributor
New housing developments at UNO will enhance the college experience for new and returning students.
Scott Court will be the latest addition to the student housing development on campus. Its four new buildings on the Pacific Street South Campus location will be home to nearly 500 students.
The design phase of Scott Court began in early 2010, with help from Peter Kiewit Construction and Holland Basham Architects.
Scott Court project manager Jonathon Orlich said he is excited about the additions to the campus and the new opportunities it will bring for UNO students.
“I think the new student housing is a great addition to UNO’s campus,” he said. “I’m happy that I can do my part in helping the students at this great university.”
Orlich said the dorms are expected to open for the 2011 fall semester. Each of the four new buildings will hold about 120 students and will be gated with key-card access.
Each of the suites will be fully furnished with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a common kitchen and a living room area. The Scott Court community will also have washers and dryers, a fitness center and study lounges in each building.
“The goal is to give the UNO students the resources to have a great college experience,” Orlich said. “We definitely have their interests in mind.”
Holland Basham Architects are working on the Scott Court design through the help of architect Gary Greckel.
According to the firm’s website, its philosophy is “to provide outstanding client service while incorporating innovative and cost effective design solutions. Responsiveness, communication and commitment of team members all contribute to our success in project delivery.”
The company has helped contribute to the development of UNO’s campus in the past. It developed most of the previous student housing projects, including Scott Residence Hall, which opened in 2000; Scott Conference Center and Scott Village, which opened in 2003; and Maverick Village, which opened in 2008.
The new buildings at Scott Court include architectural design elements such as flat roofs, a mixed material palette with fiber cement board panels and three different brick colors, and connections to a variety of nearby amenities.
Other services Holland Basham will use for the project include site-use analysis, functional and space programming, cost evaluation, schematic design, design development, finish selections, contract documents and construction administration.
“Scott Court represents Phase Three of the Scott Student Housing Community on UNO’s Pacific Campus,” Greckel said. “Our goal is to develop house styling that ties into the New Urbanism atmosphere of the Aksarben Village development, as well as support the bright futures of the UNO students.”
The cost has not yet been approved for Scott Court, but the estimated monthly fees are projected to range from $485-525, according to Orlich.
“UNO has gone through a lot of positive changes in the last decade, and I hope Scott Court will add to that,” Greckel said.