Saint John's University
Seton Townhomes & Nicol Pedestrian Bridge
Top Projects of 2022, Finance & Commerce, Minnesota
A new phased townhouse-style development located in Flynntown Village provides a flexible environment for 144 upperclassmen on the Saint John’s University (SJU) campus. The project is the first step to realign SJU’s housing inventory to better fit the wants and needs of upperclassmen, who typically prefer apartment-style living over dorms.
Each townhome unit features six bedrooms with shared communal spaces. The development also includes one-bedroom units, which meet the needs of individuals who have food allergies or require accessible living accommodations. Ample green space helps to encourage a healthy residential community with opportunities to gather.
The two phases flank the new Nicol pedestrian bridge (also designed by BWBR) over Stumpf Lake that connects back to the academic heart of campus. The bridge is a safe, welcoming gateway to Flynntown Village. Its location redirects foot traffic away from a busy roadway into campus, and the structure includes integrated lighting and the capacity for service vehicle use.
Size: 45,300 sq. ft. (Phase 1); 21,000 sq. ft. (Phase 2)
Components: 270-foot-long pedestrian bridge; the design team took care to preserve existing trees on the site; clean and effective stormwater run-off management was crucial with the development being adjacent to the lake
Completion: 2022 (Phase 1); 2023 (Phase 2)