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PROJECT Terrapin Row
LOCATION College Park, Maryland, United States
PROJECT COMPLETION DATE 7/15/2016
ARCHITECT WDG Architecture, PLLC
OWNER/CLIENT Toll Brothers Campus Living
CONTRACTOR / CONSTRUCTION MANAGER CBG Building Company
PHOTOGRAPHER Nick Keane
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN TEAM Robert Keane, Mickey Finn, Jon Lebkisher, Nelson Lobo, Matt Lam, Ryan Kennedy, Jay Rivera, Jim McDougal, Nick Svilar
SUMMARY DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT
Terrapin Row has been widely recognized by industry experts as one of the best new edge campus student housing facilities in the nation. Completed in July 2016, Terrapin Row is a transformational, vibrant mixed-use student housing community abutting the University of Maryland’s historic South Campus. The site was formerly home to the Knox Box Apartments, a 1950’s complex of twenty-five 2-story brick duplexes that developers had tried to assemble for decades. The project is comprised of two 6-story apartment buildings, one 5-story apartment building, and three 4-story townhouse structures housing a total of 418 units with 1,493 beds; 12,325-sf of retail space; and a 470-space parking structure.
Situated immediately adjacent to UMCP’s South Campus, the 6-acre site is bordered by Knox Road to the north and Guilford Drive to the south. Given its close proximity to campus, the site effectively extends the campus grid southward, reinforcing the existing north-south pedestrian circulation pattern. The complex’s seven buildings (six residential, one parking) are organized around a central, pedestrian-oriented Village Green activated by retail and a monumental stair/amphitheater modeled after the Spanish Steps in Rome.
Terrapin Row consists of 418 student residential units in six buildings, over 12,000 sf of retail, and a 470-space parking structure. In addition to the Village Green and monumental stair/amphitheater, exterior amenities include recreational courtyards with a pool, volleyball court, and outdoor kitchens with dining bars and flat screen televisions. Interior amenities include a fitness center with yoga room and sauna, pool tables, golf simulator, media and gaming clubrooms, and conference areas with printing kiosks, as well as a variety of living-learning seminar and study spaces.
The juxtaposition of modern and local vernacular form an integrated, mixed-use residential enclave that is both forward looking and responsive to the University’s architectural heritage. Two light grey cementitious-paneled, chevron-shaped bars hover above the ground, framing the Mews and Village Green while traditional red brick masonry walls spring from the ground to form contextual perimeter street walls. The heart of the pedestrian-oriented project is a monumental stair that connects the upper Mews to the Village Green below. The grand stair includes amphitheater seating clad in ipe wood, bike channels for students to walk their bikes up and down the stair, and a random LED lighting pattern with changeable color schemes for special events.
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IMAGE 1 Terrapin-Row Student Housing_Thumbnail.jpg, Village Green, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 2 Terrapin Row Student Housing_Hi Res Ext.jpg, Village Green, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 3 Terrapin Row Student Housing_Hi Res Int.jpg, Building A Lounge Stair, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 4 Terrapin Row Student Housing_Image1.jpg, Building A Game Room, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 5 Terrapin Row Student Housing_Image2.jpg, Building B Leasing Office, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 6 Terrapin Row Student Housing_Image3.jpg, Building Fitness, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 7 Terrapin-Row Student Housing_Image4.jpg, Courtyard, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography
IMAGE 8 Terrapin-Row Student Housing_Image5.jpg, Site C Townhomes, ©2016, Nick Keane Photography