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Strategic Vision / Master Planning / Programming / Architecture / Interior Design

St. Olaf College
Ole Ave Student Housing Project
Northfield, Minnesota

Welcoming a New Era

Workshop’s planning, visioning, and design initiatives enabled St. Olaf to address a three-decades-long housing shortage on campus and improve the residential experience for all students.

The new 300-bed residence hall and townhouse–style residences, with 140 student beds, create a new gateway between St. Olaf and the community on the eastern edge of campus. The project also adds 200 additional parking stalls, green space, and other improvements to promote interaction and community. 

Designed for the needs of students today and in the future, the residence hall and townhouses meet today’s standards for fire safety, accessibility, egress, indoor air quality, and other essentials, including allowing the college to have a more gender inclusive approach to housing students. The project also includes
 space for the college’s Counseling Services and Health Services with a separate entrance in the east wing of the new residence hall. Integrated health and counseling services on-site provides more holistic care and easier access for students. 

St. Olaf students informed the development of the project by participating in surveys, focus groups, and community meetings; now they get to enjoy living in the spaces they helped define and shape.

Featured in the July/August 2023 Issue of Student Housing Business magazine

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St. Olaf College_Ole Avenue Student Housing_Lounge + Ski Fireplace
St. Olaf College_Ole Ave Student Housing_Kitchen
St. Olaf College_Ole Avenue Student Housing_Exterior + Entrance
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St. Olaf College_Ole Avenue Student Housing_Two-Story Fireplace + Seating
St. Olaf College_Ole Avenue Student Housing_Dorm Room

Architectural Photography by Brandon Stengel, Farm Kid Studios

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