Highlights

Project Info

Project TypeNew Construction
Total Beds620 (195 Units)
CompletedAugust 2017

West Edge

Colorado Springs CO

West Edge is a new market-rate student housing community located at 1121 Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, Colorado, directly across the street from the main entrance to the academic campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). Developed by Gilbane Development Company, West Edge takes a distinctly modern approach to what it means to be a student living off campus today.

Surrounded by single family residential neighborhoods to the south and west, and the UCCS campus to the north, the West Edge development rises four stories up out of its long, narrow and sloping site along the parkway. Playing off the rustic earth tone palette of the high desert region and Southern Rocky Mountains to the west, the new multi-story, Type IIIA fire-treated wood construction over concrete slab building integrates perfectly into the landscape with its articulated facade, a mix of natural materials including wood, stone and glass, and splashes of red, orange, yellow, white and tawny greens highlighting the surrounding mountain landscape.

Representing over 450,000sf of new construction, and boasting 198 units and 620 beds, West Edge offers the ultimate in modern student living, with a full menu of amenities and recreational activities. Having begun construction in July 2016, West Edge was 85% leased in August 2017, a full two months prior to opening. Owing in large part to its proximity to UCCS, as well as its first-rate amenities package, today, six months later, there is a waiting list for West Edge – evidence of the project’s perceived value.

Unit Types
Amenities
Parking
Services

With unit types ranging from studio apartments to six-bedroom residential suites, and eight different floorplans to choose from, students are bound to find a living arrangement to suit their needs. All units at West Edge feature luxury finishes including modern rustic detailing, vinyl wood plank flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Residents enjoy full-sized beds, large desks, walk-in closets, and private bathrooms. The common living areas boast comfortable seating areas and a 40” flat screen TV, and kitchens with full-size fridge with icemaker, a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer.

The amenities package at West Edge includes a robust spectrum of modern features and spaces, perfectly geared toward the independent, college-aged student. Outdoor highlights include a heated salt water swimming pool and hot tub, entertainment area and deck with barbecue grills and fire pits, and a seating area with a flat screen TV. A roof-top deck offers a dramatic outdoor recreational space complete with flat screen TV and fireplace, seating and gathering areas, all with panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the southern Rocky Mountains.

Framing the pool area and offering views of the entire development through two-story, plate glass windows is a fully equipped fitness center. Additional indoor amenities include tanning beds, steam rooms, a yoga studio, a basketball court, and a resort-style community clubhouse offering foosball, pool tables and video gaming as well as a bouldering wall, the main attraction on the ground floor. 24-hour study lounges, media and conferencing rooms, and a tech bar with computers and free printing are available to support the academic needs of students, and a pet park is available to residents with approved breeds.

Parking needs at West Edge are met by both surface area spaces at the main entry, and a new integrated, ventilated precast concrete parking garage offering 622 spaces. On-site bicycle storage allows residents to stow their bikes after taking advantage of the many trails and greenways servicing the area.

West Edge also boasts year-round resident social events and a full-time, professional management staff. All leases at the development include utilities, trash pickup, 1GB wireless internet services, cable-ready packages with premium channels, and of course access to all of West Edge’s amenities.

West Edge

Colorado Springs CO

West Edge is a new market-rate student housing community located at 1121 Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, Colorado, directly across the street from the main entrance to the academic campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). Developed by Gilbane Development Company, West Edge takes a distinctly modern approach to what it means to be a student living off campus today.

Surrounded by single family residential neighborhoods to the south and west, and the UCCS campus to the north, the West Edge development rises four stories up out of its long, narrow and sloping site along the parkway. Playing off the rustic earth tone palette of the high desert region and Southern Rocky Mountains to the west, the new multi-story, Type IIIA fire-treated wood construction over concrete slab building integrates perfectly into the landscape with its articulated facade, a mix of natural materials including wood, stone and glass, and splashes of red, orange, yellow, white and tawny greens highlighting the surrounding mountain landscape.

Representing over 450,000sf of new construction, and boasting 198 units and 620 beds, West Edge offers the ultimate in modern student living, with a full menu of amenities and recreational activities. Having begun construction in July 2016, West Edge was 85% leased in August 2017, a full two months prior to opening. Owing in large part to its proximity to UCCS, as well as its first-rate amenities package, today, six months later, there is a waiting list for West Edge – evidence of the project’s perceived value.

With unit types ranging from studio apartments to six-bedroom residential suites, and eight different floorplans to choose from, students are bound to find a living arrangement to suit their needs. All units at West Edge feature luxury finishes including modern rustic detailing, vinyl wood plank flooring, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. Residents enjoy full-sized beds, large desks, walk-in closets, and private bathrooms. The common living areas boast comfortable seating areas and a 40” flat screen TV, and kitchens with full-size fridge with icemaker, a dishwasher, and a washer and dryer.

The amenities package at West Edge includes a robust spectrum of modern features and spaces, perfectly geared toward the independent, college-aged student. Outdoor highlights include a heated salt water swimming pool and hot tub, entertainment area and deck with barbecue grills and fire pits, and a seating area with a flat screen TV. A roof-top deck offers a dramatic outdoor recreational space complete with flat screen TV and fireplace, seating and gathering areas, all with panoramic views of Pikes Peak and the southern Rocky Mountains.

Framing the pool area and offering views of the entire development through two-story, plate glass windows is a fully equipped fitness center. Additional indoor amenities include tanning beds, steam rooms, a yoga studio, a basketball court, and a resort-style community clubhouse offering foosball, pool tables and video gaming as well as a bouldering wall, the main attraction on the ground floor. 24-hour study lounges, media and conferencing rooms, and a tech bar with computers and free printing are available to support the academic needs of students, and a pet park is available to residents with approved breeds.

Parking needs at West Edge are met by both surface area spaces at the main entry, and a new integrated, ventilated precast concrete parking garage offering 622 spaces. On-site bicycle storage allows residents to stow their bikes after taking advantage of the many trails and greenways servicing the area.

West Edge also boasts year-round resident social events and a full-time, professional management staff. All leases at the development include utilities, trash pickup, 1GB wireless internet services, cable-ready packages with premium channels, and of course access to all of West Edge’s amenities.

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