Creighton University Davis Square

Student Housing

Creighton University Davis Square

Sinclair Hille Architects, in association with Anderson Mason Dale, provided planning and design services for this 261-bed, suite-style housing project which provides apartment-style amenities in an urban environment.

The design focused on the creation of a ‘Student Village’ much like one would find in old world European communities. Multi-faceted roofs, varying window fenestration designs and facade elements all work together to enliven the street-side experience of passers-by. An additional benefit is the creation of a private interior courtyard. Ground level units surrounding this courtyard are set behind ‘loggia style’ walkways, which allow students to come and go without entering the larger building complex. A focal point of the courtyard is a tower element on the east facade which forms the terminus of the visual axis between the housing complex and the rest of the campus to the southwest.

The student apartments include two, three and four bed combinations, of varied layout and character. A few of the units adjacent to the courtyard tower are two stories in height, featuring open circular staircases and balconies. Windows are large and plentiful, yielding generous views to the courtyard and surrounding neighborhood.


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I enjoyed working with SHA on the Canopy Street Project.  It was a very complex project which required both large scale design thought as well as a focus on small details. Their professionalism impressed me as well as all of the other clients in the project from restaurants, to hotel operations through condo buyers, SHA continued to move the project forward and solve problems with all in mind.  As a licensed architect myself I really appreciated their willingness to partner with me and listen to my design ideas while improving the direction time and time again. Quite simply, Canopy Street would not have been nearly as successful without SHA’s talented staff.

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