Having completed the construction of Phase l of the new Cook Residential Village in the summer, the college elected to release two more housing units for a total of six in their graduate student living environment.
The emphasis on these two new units revolved around Hope College’s commitment toward improving accessibility and inclusion for enhancing the quality of experience for those students needing additional assistance in a residential environment.
The new units have full mobility and are ADA accessible. Design features include low-slope exterior sidewalks; ADA compliant appliances and removal of base cabinets at the sink and adjacent to the stove for ease of use; countertops reduced in height to 34 inches; zero transition shower entry; increased door widths; and snowmelt on the patio and sidewalk to ensure ease of access at all times.
The two new buildings have a similar architectural style as the existing buildings in the village and feature a residential-style look with exterior brick masonry. Both buildings are approximately 3,800 sf and house eight students.
Each townhouse has two floors: the first floor includes a bedroom, kitchen, full bathroom, laundry room and living room and is fully accessible for those with mobility requirements; the upper floor contains three bedrooms.