University House Communities Opens 16-Story Luxury Student Housing Development at Arizona State University

BOKA Powell-designed tower offers two, three and four-bedroom residential units with panoramic views of the Sun Devil Stadium; amenities include resort-style pool, indoor/outdoor study areas and fully equipped kitchens

Tempe, Arizona — University House Communities has opened the second phase of University House, a private luxury student housing development on Arizona State University’s campus. Designed by Dallas-based architecture firm BOKA Powell to complement an existing adjacent first phase, the 16-story, 148,680-square-foot building has 242 beds with two, three and four-bedroom options.

“University House represents a new trend in luxury student housing, with top-of-the-line features including nine-foot exposed concrete ceilings, porcelain tile bathrooms, and full-sized washers and dryers,” said David Pierce, executive vice president of development, University House Communities.

University House amenities include a resort-style pool and hot tub, a scoreboard-sized LED outdoor TV screen, a clubroom with gaming systems, a yoga and steam room, fitness center, outdoor grilling stations as well as indoor/outdoor study areas and conference rooms. Apartments range from 716 to 1,289 square feet, with modern, fully equipped kitchens. Each unit has floor-to-ceiling windows that provide panoramic views of the Sun Devil Stadium across the street.    

“We successfully utilized the traditional design elements already present in the existing building, but upgraded the new building to give it more dynamism and visual appeal as the most prominent student housing development on campus,” said John Orfield, principal, BOKA Powell.  

Sixthriver Architects handled the interior design for the new tower, emphasizing bold geometric motifs and merging the modern character of the project’s architecture with a refined, yet youthful interior.  Materials and furnishings include mirrored tile, natural wood planks and exposed concrete. 

University House is located near the Mill Avenue entertainment district in Tempe, close to a light rail system. Units are available to students for nine and 12-month leases, and are move-in ready with platform beds, kitchen and living room furniture.

About University House Communities

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, University House Communities (UHC) – formerly known as Inland American Communities – is a development, acquisition and management firm dedicated to the creation of authentic communities in university markets across the United States. Most of UHC’s properties are marketed under the nationally recognized University House brand, with nearly 11,000 beds within 21 communities in 15 states. University House Communities remains committed to a market-driven, customer-focused strategy, with communities that are developed and managed to the highest standards. For more information, visit or connect via LinkedIn.

About BOKA Powell

BOKA Powell is a nationally recognized architectural design, planning and interior design firm, with offices in Dallas, Austin and Fort Worth, Texas. BOKA Powell’s areas of focus include higher education, urban living, mixed-use planning and design, hospitality, health care, senior living and commercial office. The firm is a leader in college and university living-learning community design, with more than 14,000 beds completed in the United States. BOKA Powell is currently working with University House Communities to complete The Venue at the Ballpark, a private student-oriented apartment community including more than 300 beds serving the University of Alabama at Birmingham. BOKA Powell has recently opened more than 1,200 student housing beds in a public/private partnership at Texas A&M University’s flagship campus in College Station. In 2016, BOKA Powell will finish its sixth phase of university housing under a public/private partnership at Tarleton State University at Stephenville, Texas, totaling more than 3,000 beds. For more information, visit

About Sixthriver Architects 

Sixthriver Architects is a leading architecture and interior design firm headquartered in Austin, Texas. The firm is comprised of award-winning design specialists whose creative process is firmly rooted in the ideal that listening to the client is a cornerstone of great design. Sixthriver Architect’s integrated design solutions enrich and inspire people at work and play within the communities they serve. The firm has completed numerous architectural and interior design projects for leading organizations both in Texas and nationally. Sixthriver’s specialties include commercial office buildings and adaptive reuse projects, along with designing interiors for higher education communities, professional service and law firms, educational and public institutions, health care providers and technology firms. For more information, visit