Friday January 23, 2004
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Tenth and Home gives modern look to family housing

Photo courtesy Department of Housing / STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

[Top] Located on 10th Street, Tenth and Home will be integrated into the architecture of the neighboring Graduate Living Center. [Bottom] Artist’s rendering of an apartment interior, designed for efficient use of space.

By Kristin Noell Contributing Writer

Undergraduate and unmarried students may have a reason to be jealous next year when the Georgia Tech housing department opens the newest addition to campus housing: Tenth and Home, located at 251 10th Street.

Tenth and Home is a state-of-the-art apartment facility for students with families.

“Our family housing was very antiquated...and we needed to update it with all the modern technologies that our students want and need at Georgia Tech,” said Michael Black, Director of Housing.

After a feasibility study, Housing got students involved and found out what they wanted with a marketing survey in 1996-97.

Healy Hall and Callaway Apartments, Tech’s old family housing, went through the first stages of demolition at the end of the Fall 2003 semester to make room for the new facilities.

Tenth and Home is “already under construction, [and] if you go over on 10th Street, you can see it come out of the ground,” Black said. It should be ready for tenants on Jan. 1, 2005.

The facility will contain 394 one- and two-bedroom apartments, which are 633 square feet and 745 square feet, respectively.

Each apartment was designed for efficient use of space, and will also have a new washer and dryer. In addition, the complex will have front desk assistance.

“Our apartments will be all self-contained,” said Black, “so all the utilities will already be turned on. Cable TV will be on [and] ResNet will be there.”

The utilities integrated in the housing payment are electricity, water, garbage collection, cable television and high-speed internet access, so Tenth and Home residents do not have to worry about paying bills in addition to caring for their families and working on their studies.

Although Tenth and Home is intended to be more affordable than off-campus housing, “we think... that it’s hard to put a dollar price on convenience. If you walk across the street from your lab to your home, there’s not a dollar value associated with that,” said Black.

In addition to the proximity to classes, residents will not have to worry about their children while they are in lectures, as the complex will also contain a daycare facility, though plans for the service have not been finalized at this date.

In terms of recreation, “Students will be asked to go participate over in the CRC...We’ll have some grounds and small playgrounds for kids, but we expect that most people will utilize the facilities at the CRC,” Black said.

Parking is also one less thing that Tenth and Home residents have to worry about, in comparison to off-campus housing, because the complex will have its own parking deck.

However, Black noted that the parking deck was designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. “The neat thing about [the parking deck] is that [it] is not going to be seen from 10th Street,” Black said. “As you’re coming up Tenth Street, you’ll pass Turner Broadcasting, and then you might see a glimpse of the garage as you’re coming up, but most of the garage will be shielded by trees.”

The project architect is Cooper Carry, an Atlanta-based firm that has designed property for Tech in the past, including the Undergraduate Living Center. The builder is Holder Construction.

Black meets with the architect, builder and project manager one to two times each week.

“We’re very heavily involved to make sure our standards are met... and that they’re building it to our standards,” Black said. “Tech has a certain standard that they want their students to live in, and that’s what we’re watching.”

The total cost of this project is an estimated $55 million. Since the Department of Housing is under Auxiliary Services, they receive no money from the state and are completely self-sufficient, paying all of their own utilities, salaries and renovation costs.

Therefore, the funds for Tenth and Home, like all other housing projects, come from student rent.

So why build this new complex worth millions of dollars?

“The neat thing, the reason we decided to go build this, is because we have been charged by our president to bring the best and brightest graduate students to Georgia Tech,” said Black.

“In order for us to go out and get those best and brightest students from throughout the world, we have to have housing that’s going to be able to be the best for the best, and what we had to offer previously was not in that mode,” Black explained. “It was operational, it was convenient, but it was not modernized.”

On the other hand, Black believes that Tenth and Home “will have all the latest bells and whistles and our families that come will love what they have there.”

Families can already apply for apartments in the new facility online at tenthandhome.housing.

Because there may be phase-in openings in October or November before the official opening date, Housing wants to be able to have a list of people waiting to move in at that time.

Tenth and Home residents can expect a pleasant living environment, as the goal of Housing is to ensure the family’s comfort, convenience and success.

“We’re very excited about this project,” Black added. “Georgia Tech family housing will be the best in the country, bar none."