A key initiative of Learn. Forward., the building’s makeup and location flow directly out of Redeemer’s mission to provide an education that integrates faith and encompasses all of life and learning. Beginning with Redeemer’s unique, communal-living residence model, the new facility will have 170 beds in two-, four-, six-, and eight-student units, each of which will include kitchens and common space for students to share meals and foster relationships. Classrooms and breakout rooms will make up the lower level, making this a true live and learn facility.
The placement of the new building was chosen to support and enhance a residential, Christian university education where learning happens in community. The building will be situated northwest of, and close to, the academic building and the first set of townhouse residences to keep the campus walkable and bike-friendly.
The strategic placement of the building is part of a larger vision that includes a new entrance into campus from Garner Road east of the academic building as well as new parking and paving to help direct vehicle traffic away from expanded pedestrian walkways, opening up the heart of campus and creating more inviting places for students to gather.
The new facility also contributes to the financial and environmental sustainability of the university. Student housing generates revenue for operations beyond maintaining the building and the close location and multi-purpose nature of the building requires less infrastructure while maximizing the use of the building.