A snip of purple satin ribbon began a new chapter of Kansas State University's dedication to students when it opened its first apartment building at the Jardine Apartment Complex. Mackey Mitchell worked with the university on the complete redevelopment of a $46 million, 55-acre site to provide 1,500 residents from 50 different countries with a holistic living/learning environment. Jardine has more than 700 apartments featuring 60 different floor plans. Apartments are clustered around a town square with a convenience store, bakery, and coffee shop.
Early in the planning process, the KSU staff visited Celebration, Florida, a town created by the Walt Disney Company. With ponds, bridges, and a man-made creek, the landscape enhances the requested "neighborhood with ambience." With input from former Jardine residents, faculty and affiliates, the project reflects four community cornerstone themes including education, globalization, imagination and tradition.
Located close to campus, the living learning communities at Jardine help bridge the gap between traditional Kansas State residence hall living and non-university housing. Here, students have their independence while benefiting from K-State's security, meal plans, and other opportunities. The Jardine apartment complex provides flexible housing for undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students, married couples, families with children, and single students.
Passion + Perspective
We have something no other university has.
- Deborah Kohl
Coordinator for Community Development of Housing Design Services, KSU