318 Commons Wins CUDE Award
HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA) has won a CUDE Award for 318 Commons in downtown Rochester. Sponsored by Rochester's Committee on Urban Design and Environment, the award recognized 318 Commons for New Construction-Mixed Use.
318 Commons represents a new model of student residential development for the University of Minnesota Rochester (UMR). Developed by G.H. Holdings and designed by HGA, 318 Commons is a mixed-use retail, office, classroom and residential development that supports UMR and other growing business opportunities in downtown Rochester.
The nine-story building includes commercial tenant space on the first floor, Student Life Center on the 2nd floor, three classrooms on the lower level, student apartments on the 3rd through 8th floors, and market-rate apartments on the 9th floor.
The development reinforces community and student engagement. The Student Life Center is the heart of the building, where a big-screen TV, comfortable seating and shared student-faculty spaces encourage students to meet in small groups, confer with faculty, or relax between classes.