In todays’ competitive world of higher education, the bar has been raised on what is expected for student housing. One shining example is the Jefferson at Berry, an upscale student housing complex located near the University of Minnesota. This challenging 4.27 acre site in Saint Paul involves a three-building student apartment complex with only 33 feet of frontage road. The site is bordered by railroad tracks to the east and Interstate 94 to the south and west. A major challenge was to camouflage these major transportation corridors, while preserving a close connection to the nearby campus. Loucks strategically utilized plantings to provide various layers and levels of screening, while enhancing the architectural features of the buildings.
Other design amenities include an outdoor patio and spa area for the central clubhouse. An ornamental screen wall provides privacy and complements the architectural features of the building. A curved, wooden pergola and native trees provide multiple levels of shade for patio and spa gatherings. Refined paving patterns, internal planting beds, and brick columns add visual interest to the space.