San Antonio College, Nursing and Allied Health Complex

San Antonio, Texas

  • FIRM

    O’Connell Robertson


    Alamo Colleges

  • AREA

    120,000 sq.ft.





College campuses throughout the nation are faced with surging student populations and limited land resources. Chapman University met this challenge with new student housing developed with greater intensity, innovation and complexity.

The project site reclaims an existing low-density, two-story residence hall and the adjacent ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY1,000COST PER SQ FT$275.00FEATURED IN2009 Architectural Portfolio parking lot, and intensifies it into a four-story building of 302 beds of residence hall and apartment-style housing over a single-level podium parking garage. The design also includes a 26,000-square-foot full-service dining hall with an 11,000-square-foot conference facility, special guest suites, alumni center and career-development center above.

The signature feature highlighting the complex and the student housing neighborhood is an 85-foot-tall tower that includes a rock-climbing wall. The complex is designed to complement the character of the existing Craftsman bungalow-style homes on its neighboring street and the nearby Old Town Orange area.