Koinonia Student Housing was created from existing apartments which had to be moved in order to make room for a commercial development. The new site mandated underground parking, but, because the old site was to be developed almost immediately, there wasn’t time to construct the underground parking in “normal” fashion. This schedule triggered a novel construction procedure: a post-tensioned concrete slab was poured on the ground with 60-foot deep caissons below that acted as a foundation onto which the buildings could be moved.
Then, while the structures above were being reconditioned, the earth beneath the concrete slab was excavated and two levels of underground parking were thus created. The design for the relocated complex organized all buildings around a series of interior courtyards atop the underground parking deck. Several of the original apartments were cut into pieces and “stitched” back together in totally different configurations to create optimal courtyards.