RQAW is working with Vincennes University to create a dynamic, new type of student housing that will stretch four city blocks at the edge of campus between 2nd Street and the riverfront in the historic district of the city. The site and architecture reflect 1800s New Orleans French Quarter Creole townhomes. With their two- to three-story massing, the buildings are symmetrically arranged with steep roofs and lacy ironwork, as well as the iconic continuous second-floor balcony across the façade of all the buildings. The property will include approximately 200 bedrooms with walk-in closets and private bathrooms, each with access to private patios or rooftop decks overlooking the Wabash River.
The property will be designed with plazas, greenspaces, and activity nodes. A gateway plaza is planned at the intersection of Hart Street and 2nd Street to welcome students and visitors onto the campus. The gateway plaza will also direct pedestrians onto the property to a courtyard highlighting the Schultz and Yocum Residence, commonly known as the Clay Tile House, and guiding them farther on to the William Henry Harrison Presidential Mansion and future Visitors Center. Additional plazas are designed at the intersection of 1st Street and Hart Street to activate the Riverwalk trail as well as allow the university and the downtown City of Vincennes to merge together in unity. RQAW completed the architectural design, civil, and coordinated the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural engineering. Phase I will be complete August 2020 and Phase II is scheduled for August 2021.