Fuse, the CA Student Living mixed-use project in West Lafayette, Indiana, has won Student Housing Business’ Innovator Award for Best Implementation of Mixed-Use in New Development or Renovation. Shepley Bulfinch designed the ambitious project, which creates a lively small city on a large city block. The award was presented at the Interface Student Housing conference last month.
The development of Fuse unlocks a long-overlooked part of West Lafayette, transforming an under-utilized parcel into a vibrant part of the urban landscape. -The complex has 230 residential units and parking, with ground-floor retail that has become a walkable neighborhood destination. The mix incorporates the bank and university bookstore that previously occupied the site and adds fast food, fast-casual dining, and a fresh market grocer.
CA Ventures and Shepley Bulfinch worked closely with city officials to create a building that reads as a series of smaller elements. The building mediates the monumental scale of Purdue’s nearby basketball arena and the adjoining neighborhood of small bungalows and creates an active pedestrian streetscape.
The precast concrete panels, brick, and metal panels respond to the campus environment in a contemporary vocabulary that is detailed to emphasize the rhythm of the surrounding urban fabric. Stevens Construction was the project’s general contractor.
Since opening in August 2014, Fuse has been popular with students who want to live a healthy lifestyle and cook for themselves in a “main and main” location at the edge of the Purdue campus.