PULLMAN, WA – With the limitations of COVID giving way to socially distant design features, the student housing industry has followed suit with a cottage concept. The Aspen Heights Pullman student housing complex is currently under construction, offering 752 beds in country-style duplex houses.
The complex is located at 3125 NW Cottonwood Ln. On 23.5 acres with parking lot 1 mile from Washington State University. The community will provide residents with a community building, hot tub, fitness center and shuttle service to the on-site campus.
The property will include a mix of two, three, four and five bedroom units, with en-suite bathrooms in each bedroom, walk-in closets in selected units, half a bathroom in the living area, and a fully equipped kitchen with selected island units and washer and dryer full size.
“We were one of the first developers to implement the 'cottage concept' for student accommodation, which offers more space and amenities off-campus so students can focus on their studies, take online courses, and interact with them can connect colleagues, ”said Greg Henry, Founder and CEO of Aspen Heights Partners. "We are very excited to expand our portfolio of country style homes and we will continue to seek development opportunities in markets where quality housing is in demand."
Washington State University is one of the best colleges in the country. It is home to more than 18,000 college students and 2,600 graduate / professional students. The university has major expansion plans for its Pullman campus to further expand its academic and research offerings, including adding 65,000 square feet to the Allen Center, which will be used to study animal disease detection and foodborne disease detection.
"With the number of students at the university growing, Pullman needed new housing options for students who wanted to live off campus," said Todd Gaines, division president at Aspen Heights Partners. "We are excited to give students the opportunity to live, work and network in their own community while attending the nearby university."
Aspen Heights Pullman is expected to be ready in the fall of 2021, but many of its features involve what may be the new normal in the post-COVID world.
"At Aspen Heights Pullman, the cottage concept of the houses we have developed offers more student space, separate bathrooms and is very conducive to the new environment," said Demi Sterling-Kinney, vice president of operations at Aspen Heights. tells GlobeSt.com. “Facilities that enable social distancing, including pools, outdoor games and fitness areas, outdoor sports fields, fire pits and heated patios, are still in high demand in all of our student residences. We are also building up our communities with self-serving parcel lockers so that residents don't just have to pick up parcels during office hours. "