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Burt and Mae Dean Wheeler Residence Halls
Blinn College | Brenham, Texas

House+Partners, in association with HADP, provided full design and architectural services for the new Wheeler Residence Hall student housing project for Blinn College. The project is 85,000 SF and provides 302 beds to the college. The new Brenham Campus student housing, associated amenities and site work are located on the north edge of campus on a previously undeveloped site.

The project features a large courtyard with hardscape and landscaped gathering spaces to tie together the new and existing residential communities. The co-ed residence hall features include semi-private single and double occupancy suites and associates facilities including a day room, laundry, lounge, offices, conference room, workroom, reception area, study rooms, elevator, wireless internet, building support areas and on-site parking.

The state-of-the-art facility began housing students in the Fall of 2011. This additional capacity allows the college to take current housing off line. The intent is to replace the existing facilities with new housing in a methodical approach using this new student housing as the model. All future housing is to match in architectural style, quality and amenities. This facility is intended to set the standard for future facilities on the Blinn College campus.

The overall building design and documentation timeframe was extremely tight. Only four months were given from award of the project to completion of design and construction documents ready for permitting.