University of Miami Lakeside Village Seeks LEED Gold

University of Miami’s 12-acre Lakeside Village Student Community Housing project, designed by Arquitectonica, will incorporate 25 interconnected buildings snaking around courtyards and outdoor spaces, all overlooking Lake Osceola at the UM’s Coral Gables campus. Amenities will include recreational spaces, music practice rooms, study areas, a meditation room, an exhibition space, an auditorium, a classroom, a multi-use pavilion, a climbing wall, an outdoor “Hammock Garden” and housing for 1,115 students.

While fun amenities like these are certain to thrill students, they are also part of a trend to a more holistic approach to green building. In addition to the traditional energy & water efficiencies and sustainably-sourced materials, design attention is also paid to the overall wellness of the building’s future occupants.

University of Miami Lakeside Village Student Community Housing

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.


Innovative design features such as rooftop green spaces, a rain garden and expected LEED Gold Certified construction will support the sustainability initiatives of our campus and local communities.

University of Miami
  • The village’s green roofs reduce and slow down water runoff, provide food for pollinator species of animals, naturally insulate the building, and absorb carbon dioxide to clean the air and help regulate the climate
  • Insulated walls and enhanced window glazing help to regulate the interior temperature without relying on cooling or heating systems
  • Innovative heating and cooling systems are designed to condition and filter the air as well as re-purpose it for other uses throughout the facility
  • Existing trees and plant life were evaluated and, when possible, were incorporated into the landscape of Lakeside Village or located elsewhere on campus or in the surrounding local area

This project is seeking Gold certification under the LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 – LEED 2009

Project Team

  • UM Client: Housing & Residential Life and Division of Student Affairs
  • Architect: Arquitectonica
  • Project Advisor: Brailsford & Dunlavey
  • Project Manager: UM Facilities Operations & Planning
  • Builder: Moss & Associates

Published byMelanieDawn

Melanie Dawn Molina Wood is a Miami native currently living in the historic downtown district. She has earned her LEED Green Associate accreditation, the NAR GREEN designation, and an Eco-broker credential. She is also a proud member of the US Green Building Council, and a member of the Sierra Club. For more information about sustainability in Miami, or to connect with a real estate agent anywhere in the world, contact Melanie Dawn by text/phone at 305.801.3133, or by email at

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