The new CMU Graduate Housing Complex is a two-building, smoke-free, residential housing area, located on the north end of campus on Bellows Street, just steps from the Health Professions/College of Medicine building and close to Mission Street as well as downtown Mt. Pleasant.
The West Building (410 E. Bellows) includes a fully equipped fitness center for both building’s residents, and one large meeting room. The East Building (510 E. Bellows) includes one small and one medium meeting room. Each building also includes unique third-story roof terraces that overlook the new residential area.
The East Building opened May 1, 2013 while the West Building opened in July, 2013.
The one, two, and four bedroom air-conditioned suites offer spacious great rooms with large windows overlooking landscaped green spaces including a large grove of Sycamore trees that were preserved during construction. Active and passive outdoor recreation areas, a central mail center, and landscaped bio-swale are combined with dedicated parking areas for residents.
Full kitchens feature polished granite countertops and backsplash, stainless steel appliances including refrigerator, range with oven, countertop microwave oven, range hood, sink, dishwasher, and built-in pantry with recycling center. Each unit contains a laundry room with a side-by-side, full-sized Energy Star rated washer and dryer.
The building follows Universal Design principals to create spaces that are equitable for all, flexible to use, simple, and intuitive. The building systems are appropriately sized for approach, reach, manipulation and use, regardless of the user’s body size, posture, or mobility. All units offer accessible design functionality, while special fully accessible units are available with enhanced clearances for wheelchair users.
The second and third floors in both buildings are furnished while the first-floor units have kitchen and laundry room appliances. Furnishings include a couch, comfortable chair, end table, coffee table, queen size bed in each bedroom, dresser, desk, and desk chair. One- and four-bedroom units have a kitchen table with four and six chairs respectively, while two bedroom units will have a raised counter with bar stools.