RETHINKING STUDENT LIVING

Campus View | 2005-2009 | SW 9th Road

developmentplanningconstructionmanagement
StatusCompleted
Time span2005-2009
Size195,068 SQ. FT.
Budget33.4 Million
LocationSW 9th Road
ArchitectureMiller & Slayton Architects, Inc.
Interior DesignHeather Dyrkolbotn

A Warm Welcome

In 2004, the area immediately neighboring the University of Florida campus, the Shands medical district, and Sorority Row was a run-down avenue of over 20 dilapidated student apartments in desperate need of revitalization. Viking saw an opportunity for transformation, and today there stands a proud complex of 160 spacious and beautiful condominiums and apartments. Campus View was a gradual and continued effort to connect the hubs of student culture with safe and trustworthy housing.

Long term vision, lasting commitments

Firm relationships were at the cornerstone of this project. Fifteen landowners were worked with one on one, and were each convinced of the bright potential of this venture. These people believed in the project so much that many of them bought the newly constructed condos and still support our endeavors today.

Staying the course

Campus View was designed in six incremental phases. Phasing the project allowed us to take measured steps throughout the entire process, as well as to maintain a more personal engagement with landowners and investors. The total project took five carefully planned years.

Campus View I

2005

twelve units

three stories

1,362 total square footage

three bedrooms/three bathrooms

Campus View II

2005

twenty-six units

three stories

1,326 total square footage

three bedrooms/three bathrooms

Campus View III

2006

twelve units

three stories

1,354 total square footage

three bedrooms/three bathrooms

Campus View North

2007

sixteen units

four stories

1,362 total square footage

three bedrooms/three bathrooms

Campus View South

2008

forty-nine units

four stories

1,080 total square footage

two bedrooms/two bathrooms

Campus View Place

2009

forty-five units

four stories

1,330 total square footage

twenty-three units : two bedrooms/two bathrooms

twenty-two units: three bedrooms/three bathrooms

Trusting the environment

The site was peppered with families of resplendent Heritage Oaks. We took every care to preserve them throughout the project. We were ready for this challenge, making an open choice to work within the city’s constraints. The trees limited our methods and our maneuverability, but the results were well worth the effort.

A worthwhile investment

We believe that investing in a city’s future involves a level of transformation that extends beyond the typical supply and demand methods of development. Campus View was an opportunity to invest not only for Viking, but also for those that owned the properties, many of whom bought back in when the project was completed. Today every condominium has been sold, and we continue to maintain a healthy rental portfolio with Campus View Place, our last phase. Many of the connections that were forged through this process have become lasting friendships, and the investors we worked with have become reliable supporters and partners. At the completion of the project, Viking was granted a beautification award from the Gainesville Community Redevelopment Agency.

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