Northern Kentucky University recently purchased the Lakeside Terrace senior citizens living facility to be converted into a college residence facility. With a construction budget of $5.8 million, the renovation of the 77,300 square foot building, built in 1969, will result in a desirable housing option for NKU students, as it provides a unique living environment not currently available in the university’s other housing stock. The six-story building, currently configured in 96 studio apartments, will be reconfigured to 48 larger apartments, each with two bathrooms, a living room, study area, and sleeping area. Four to six students will reside within each of these 930 square foot apartments.
Currently, each apartment unit is conditioned by two through-wall PTAC units, one in the front and one in the back walls of the apartment underneath the windows. This type of unit is energy inefficient, noisy, and aesthetically unappealing from the exterior of the building. By the strategy of combining two of these smaller apartments into one larger one, we are able to maximize the HVAC budget and use one VRF unit in place of four PTAC units per apartment. This VRF unit is mounted to the ceiling in the center of the apartment, requires no ductwork, and is much more energy efficient. In addition, this cuts the maintenance of 192 PTAC units down to just 48 VRF units.
This switch in the HVAC system allows for a significant change in the aesthetics of the building. As a part of the scope of the renovations, all of the windows of the building are to be replaced. By removing the PTAC unit from below each window, this creates a large opening in the masonry wall. Rather than infilling each of these openings with new block and brick, the replacement window can take advantage of this situation and be extended all the way to the floor. This solution allows for much more natural light to enter each apartment as well as making the space feel more open.
Within each apartment, each existing bathroom is configured in a typical condition so that only one person would occupy the room containing a toilet, sink, and shower. This condition is not ideal for an apartment containing four to six college students. With the renovation calling for the replacement of all plumbing fixtures and associated piping, our goal was to better utilize these bathrooms. With two full bathrooms per apartment, we reconfigured the design of each bathroom to allow for each of the six plumbing fixtures to be used independently, as they are each located within their own private space.
A summary of the scope of work for the building includes:
- Complete code and ADA-related upgrades
- Abatement of asbestos material from the building
- Structural repairs throughout
- Replacement of all windows
- New finishes in each apartment
- Replacement of the roof system
- Complete replacement of the HVAC system
- Complete replacement of the electrical system and lighting
- Complete replacement of the plumbing system
- A new fire protection system