Southwestern’s New Student Residences Transform an Urban Campus
Imagine: Just steps from your last class of the day, you walk through the bustling plaza and pick up a fresh brewed cup of coffee in the Pearl Lounge. You take the elevator to your apartment: You’re home. A glowing view of downtown at dusk through the tall windows showcases the city and campus while you get ready to meet your friends for a quick dinner in the Tea Room before an evening of lively discussion on criminal law in one of the complex’s group study rooms.
For the first residents of Southwestern’s new on-campus student residential community that opened on August 3, this scenario is now a reality. For Melissa Hanna, a first-year student in the three-year SCALE JD/MBA program, this residential arrangement “is a game-changer.” Hanna says, “I am so excited to be living on campus. There are so many benefits, but at the end of the day, it’s all about accessibility: having access to the professors, the library and the surrounding community. By eliminating my 1.5 hour daily commute, it makes volunteering in the community while keeping up with my studies much more feasible.”
As Chair of Southwestern’s Board of Trustees, Tom Hoberman is delighted that this extraordinary addition to the campus is already making a difference. “It has been a distinct pleasure to participate in the development of Southwestern’s residential housing project beginning with an idea and simple paper rendering four years ago, to wood framework last year, and now this incredible building,” he said. “This architecturally significant facility has fulfilled our vision of creating an exceptional living-learning experience for our students – yet another standout Southwestern accomplishment that will facilitate our students’ legal education, training and development well into the future.”
It was with students like Hanna in mind that¬†The Residences at 7th, Southwestern’s first on-campus student housing facility, was conceived. The unique design of the $22.7 million, 133-unit “living-learning village” complements the law school’s landmark Bullocks Wilshire Building and provides inviting social space for the entire law school community.
“Our goal is to make students as comfortable as possible when they start law school,” Dean Austen Parrish said. “These striking Residences do just that. They provide our students with safe, affordable and beautiful housing. The Residences also will be a place where students can mingle, study and learn together, enabling the creative conversations and exchanges that will help our students become talented lawyers and leaders.”¬†Continue reading…