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Arquitectonica; ArquitectonicaGEO; LILA 2021 Award from Landezine.


Watch the August 24, 2021 2:40 University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing – Re-Featured Project video from on the greenroofsTV channel on YouTube; June 26, 2020 0:50 University of Miami – Lakeside Village Student Housing – Construction Update by
Arquitectonica International Corp. on YouTube; 14:42 FULL TOUR of BRAND-NEW LAKESIDE VILLAGE at the University of Miami – BEST COLLEGE HOUSING by Your Girl Celine on YouTube (all around great shots of the courtyard greenroofs); January 14, 2020 3:47 University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing – Featured Project video from; University of Miami Lakeside Village New Student Housing.


August 24, 2021 Re-Featured Project: University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing by Linda Velazquez in; Spring 2020 Lakeside Village Elevates Living and Learning by Michael R. Malone in Miami Magazine; January 14, 2020 Featured Project: University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing by Linda S. Velazquez on; October 8, 2019 University of Miami housing complex moves forward by Catherine Lackner in Miami Today; April 24, 2019 Lakeside Village reaches the top by Mike Piacentino in NEWS@TheU; January 10, 2019 UM’s four dorm towers are a landmark students love to hate. Soon they will be history. by Andres Viglucci in the Miami Herald; August 30, 2018 Student Housing Village opening delayed until fall 2020 by Emily Dulohery in The Miami Hurricane; February 3, 2017 University of Miami proposes $100M student housing expansion by Sean Barry in ConstructionDive; January 30, 2017 University of Miami aims to build $155-million residential college by Amanda Herrera in The Miami Hurricane; January 28, 2017 UM plans to spend $155 million for a dorm complex by Staff in TRD Miami.

Established in 1925, the University of Miami is a private research university in Coral Gables, Florida. As the University of Miami continues to rise as a top-tier research institution, so too do students’ expectations for a comfortable, secure and supportive living and learning environment.

In keeping with the University’s vision to become an exemplary and excellent institution, it is embarking on a multi-phase housing plan to improve its current housing offerings for students.

“The first step in this plan is to construct a new facility on the south side of Lake Osceola so that the current number of bed spaces can be maintained during future construction and to meet increasing demand over time. With a commitment to the integration of the various aspects of campus life into a single facility, this new space will elevate the daily experiences of countless students, faculty, staff and visitors who pass through this central site every day.

The village will activate the surrounding area and highlights the tropical lushness of the Coral Gables campus. It will excite the campus community and become a destination in and of itself. Most of all, this new village will add to the sense of place and belonging for those who live, work and learn there.” ~ UM Student Affairs New Student Housing

Designed by Arquitectonica with landscape architecture by ArquitectonicaGEO, Lakeside Village opened to students in August 2020. Phase 1 is the University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing, which fronts Lake Osceola, the core and heart of the Gables Campus. Filled with a lush and native tropical garden, the 12.5-acre mixed-use student housing complex property stretches from the campus lake southward to Ponce de Leon Boulevard and westward to Merrick Drive.

With plantings on three levels, the Lakeside Village is comprised of 25 interconnected greenroofed buildings and a multitude of outdoor spaces including a grand courtyard, study spots, recreational spaces and outdoor terraces.

“With its quintessential Miami Modern living community, integrated academic and student services, flexible event and recreational spaces, and locations for retail operations all on one site, the 600,000-square-foot lakeside Student Housing Village will redefine what it means to live, learn and work at the University of Miami. In addition to five floors of student housing for more than 1,000 students, the first floor and mezzanine level of the main structure are planned to serve as retail, event and office spaces.

The primary intent of this project was connection: between the school of architecture and the dormitories, between the new student housing center and a pool, between a place to learn and a place to live. Referencing the 60s-era Biscayne Bay structures of Stiltsville, Arquitectonica arranged the residential cubes into a necklace of forms strung together to produce a single undulating structure containing a theater, bicycle center, post office, residential administration office, and a sand volleyball court. The residential building itself is large, with multiple core lobbies that touch the ground underneath what becomes essentially a canopy; the architecture traverses sky and ground, at once ethereally floating and connected to the ground.” ~ Arquitectonica

University of Miami Vegetated Roofing Assemblies

The University of Miami’s new Lakeside Village student community housing demonstrates some of the best aspects of environmental sustainability in the built environment, as well as some of the most challenging scenarios.  With its location on a sensitive coastal watershed in a hurricane zone, every aspect of the building operations must be accountable to the environment.

The university listened to students who want more sustainable campuses in the colleges they choose to attend.  In this case, the result is a beautiful marriage of green infrastructure and an enhanced human environment for over 1,000 students.  The 25 new buildings include passive solar cooling, rain gardens, and a LEED Gold certification pending.  Best of all, each roof is covered in vegetation within 10” depth of growth media – the first of their kind in Miami.  The unique challenges of these many green roofs include their steep slopes, and their location right in the center of a hurricane super-highway.

Completed in November 2019, the Roof Planting Schedule comprises seeded Bahia Grass (Paspalum notatum) and wildflowers including Blood Flower (Asclepias curassavica), Autumn Blush Tickseed (Coreopsis x ‘Autumn Blush’), Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea), and Native Porter or Blue Porterweed (Stachytarpheta jamaicensis).

Steep Slopes on Green Roofs

There are 25 separate Henry-GRO system green roofs which range in size from 3,259 to 627 square feet each; 7 have decks with a 4/12 slope and the rest have 3/12 slope.  Each is sloped in a different direction, and on a diagonal (with one corner raised rather than two).  Standard drainboards and root barriers do not have sufficient slip resistance in this scenario.  Instead, a GRO Capillary Action Mat was used directly over the Henry 790-11 waterproofing.  It provides enough surface area and contact to resist sliding, while also preventing root intrusion and facilitating the lateral flow of stormwater toward the internal drains.

High Velocity Hurricane Zone

In addition to slip resistance on the steep slopes, a major concern for these buildings are their location in a hurricane zone.  In fact, until this project was installed, no other traditional green roofs had been allowed by Miami-Dade County for fear of wind uplift.  To address slope and wind concerns, a GRO Slope Stabilization System was used, consisting of steel cables and wire mesh within the growth media, anchored down into the deck, and also bolted to the parapets.  Two layers of mesh were used for the roofs with slopes greater than 15%, as well as curved cleats attached to the mesh to contain the soil into within narrow zones.  A wind erosion mat was installed on top of the growth media, and then it was hydro-seeded with beneficial grasses that will add even more wind resistance as their roots grow in.  The entire system was set back within the outer roof parapet walls, using a separate inner parapet wall structure which eliminates the wind scour and uplift concerns at the roof edges.

Notice of Approval

Until now, Miami-Dade only gave Notice of Approvals on “green roofs” with a minimum of 24” depth of growth media for the extra weight, out of concern of the wind carrying it away during the inevitable next hurricane.  The wind concerns virtually eliminated the possibility of green roofing as we know it in Miami, until it was fully demonstrated that the Henry-GRO system would be more than capable of withstanding a Category 5 hurricane.  After an extensive review by Cronin Engineering, the firm working with Miami-Dade to calculate all components when combined, they agreed that the system was safe for High Velocity Hurricane Zones and the project received the NOA from Miami-Dade County in February 2019.

The University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing is a major breakthrough for green infrastructure in Miami, and hopefully these will be the first of many green roofs in the city.

With Lakeside Village complete, the next phase is Centennial Village, which calls for the replacement of Stanford Residential College with two new residential colleges, followed by the removal of Hecht Residential College, which also will be replaced with two new residential colleges. Phase Three entails the renovation or replacement of both Eaton and Mahoney-Pearson residential colleges.


Multi-discipline coordination and construction administration were main drivers of the University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing’s successful design intent implementation which improves biodiversity and ecology on the ground level, elevated gardens, as well as on the green roofs at approximately 70 feet high.

AchitectonicaGEO received the Architizer Popular Choice Award 2021 for the University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing in the Urban and Masterplan Category and the 2021 AIA Florida/Caribbean Design Awards Category: Sustainability – Award of Excellence.


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