Northern Michigan University’s new residential community, The Woods, opened its first phase in Fall 2017. The second phase, including an amazing common area called, The Lodge, opened in January of 2018, and the final phase opened in August of 2018.
The three residence halls (Birch Hall, Cedar Hall, and Maple Hall) consist of six buildings, all have four floors with a central corridor connecting them to a new culinary experience called “The Lights” dining facility. The Woods also features a large multipurpose and student gathering space, “The Lodge,” with an outdoor patio, fireplace, study spaces, and the opportunity to host university events. There are also classrooms and a 24/7 front desk.
Given NMU’s climate and atmosphere in northern Michigan, a lodge-type aesthetic (such as rustic chandeliers and decorations) was something desirable to the University and a look and feel that had been missing from their campus facilities.
The new living-learning community certainly reflects the beauty and simplicity of the outdoors, and offers a variety of student suites, as well as individual apartments. In addition, there are a small number of private bedroom and bathroom units available for students with medical needs.
The exteriors feature brick masonry along with large areas of glazing, while the entire housing community was designed to embrace walk-ability and connectivity to campus.