The Flats - Illinois State University
Working with long-time OKW client, Tartan Realty, The Flats is a multi-phased student housing development located adjacent to Illinois State University's campus, it will ultimately comprise four buildings for a total of 600 beds. With growing student enrollment and outdated residence facilities, ISU has created strategic partnerships with private developers to offer off-campus living to upperclass students. The first phase of The Flats opened in 2011 and, in addition to three- and four-bedroom apartments, features retail on the first floor. The building was designed for LEED certification, the first such option for students at ISU. Taking advantage of efficiencies from the first building, a second phase with 28 units for an additional 179 beds opened August 2012. This phase increased the development’s amenities with a study lounge, game room, and bike storage, plus 30 indoor heated parking spaces. Phase III will further enhance the project with an additional 100 units and 285 beds.