Campus Circle Tallahassee, Project of the Year: Student
Lefstead Architectural Photography Campus Circle Tallahassee, Project of the Year: Student

wellington, Fla.–based Bainbridge Cos.’ Bainbridge Campus Communities conceived what it thought would be the ideal student housing development in December 2008. Their first student housing endeavor, Campus Circle Tallahassee, came to fruition by January 2012, offering environmentally conscious, resort-quality living to Florida State University students.

With 14,000 square feet of amenity space, no resident ever has an excuse to be bored. The complex caters to the Gen Y client with tech-friendly features: In the Interactive Café + Study Zone, multiple laptop stations, Macs, PCs, and study rooms help Campus Circle Tallahassee make the Gen Y grade. A wall with six televisions is available for viewing in the media room, highly rated equipment is available in the 24-hour gym, and old and new gaming systems in the gaming room provide the perfect environment for residents to unwind after a long day studying.

“This location lends itself to the ‘live, work, play’ lifestyle,” says Jared Miller, The Bainbridge Cos.’ vice president of performance and strategy. “Other than leaving to attend classes on campus, everything else they could possibly want [is] within the community.”

Without a doubt, students must work hard to maintain an appropriate balance of study and play in this environment. The heated pool (on the way to beach entry) is surrounded by lounge chairs, private cabanas, and grilling stations, reminding one more of a resort than off-campus housing.

Student residents can relax guilt-free while using the development’s numerous amenities, however, knowing that the development has earned bronze certification from the National Association of Home Builders’ ­National Green Building Program for environmentally conscious building design.

The active and green lifestyle that Bainbridge has encouraged residents to live—with pluses such as energy-saving appliances in each unit, recycling stations, preserved natural elements surrounding the site, water-saving products, and bicycle racks—puts Campus Circle Tallahassee at the top of the bell curve.