Caldwell Apartments welcome both University of Dayton juniors and international students as the newest housing facility on campus.
Beth Keyes, vice president for facilities management, said it was evident additional housing for juniors and international students was necessary as the student body continues to increase.
Comprised of 107 units, the Caldwell Apartments’ architecture, interior and overall style unifies the surrounding buildings, according to Bruce Bullman, director of residential properties.
“We wanted to make Caldwell look like a part of the campus, so we incorporated similar architecture and interior components of existing housing facilities on campus,” he said. “The complex looks like a cross between the Lawnview Apartments and Marianist Hall.”
Features such as arches, overhangs, gables and dormers reflect similarities in the adjacent student neighborhood, according to UD’s campus master plan.
The complex houses 427 students located at the site of the former Frank Z. Chevrolet dealership and the University’s former Caldwell Street Center, according to the master plan. Each apartment includes two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living space, kitchen, and washers and dryers accommodating four students per apartment. A Campus Ministry office is also inside the complex, Bullman said.
Although the apartments lack the coveted UD porches, Keyes said community porches were incorporated to make the apartments feel more like a “home away from home.”
“We created a townhouse façade to make the complex look like houses,” Keyes said. “For those who were unable to live in the student neighborhoods, we constructed community porches, an open courtyard connecting the five buildings and lawn to help them feel at home.”
Included in the Caldwell Apartments is the opportunity to live in the Global Learning-Living Community, on 225 Stonemill Rd., where domestic and international students reside within the same apartment. During the housing lottery, domestic students signed up to live with international students as roommates in Caldwell, according to Tricia Barger, associate director for the Center for International Programs.
“With a growing number of international students, we wanted to create an inclusive environment for all UD students,” Barger said. “Whether on a study abroad or permanent trip, the construction of Caldwell seemed like the perfect opportunity to integrate students.”
Currently, eight countries are represented by international students in the GLLC, according to Barger. As more international students travel to UD, Barger said she expects further integration opportunities for domestic students.
“After finding out who their international roommates were, I received several emails from Caldwell residents requesting information about their roommate’s culture, traditions and even if they could pick them up from the airport,” Barger said. “It really showed how welcoming the UD community is.”
For students interested in living in Caldwell for the spring semester, information and applications are available at http://www.udayton.edu/international/gllc/.