University of Miami unveils plans for new on-campus residential village

Centennial Village, which will reimagine student housing on the Coral Gables campus, will replace the Stanford and Hecht Residential Colleges with four new residential colleges.
Centennial Village
An artist's rendering of the new Centennial Village student housing.

The University of Miami is embarking on the next phase of its multi-tiered plan to transform campus housing into a modern and eclectic mix of sustainable buildings to enhance the student living and academic experience. 

Totaling 522,000 square feet, Centennial Village will showcase its lakefront location along Lake Osceola and feature more than 1,700 beds for first-year students, indoor and outdoor spaces for academic and extracurricular activities, a learning hub, meditation room, and apartments for faculty and staff. 

“The University will be providing the next generation of ’Canes a unique residential experience that will enhance and contribute more to their college success,” said Patricia A. Whitely, vice president for student affairs and one-time residential staff member in Stanford Residential College. “We look forward to this project, which will complement the Student Housing Village currently under construction.” 

Design plans for Centennial Village have been submitted to the City of Coral Gables for review, and the University plans to break ground on the project in the summer of 2020. 

The village, which will feature four residential colleges and be built in two stages, will sit on the same site as the current Stanford and Hecht Residential Colleges and will reimagine the space fronting Lake Osceola. 

The first stage of Centennial Village will replace Stanford Residential College and is planned to open in the fall of 2022. The second stage, which will replace Hecht Residential College, is slated to open in fall of 2024. In addition, Eaton Residential College will be renovated and incorporated into Centennial Village upon its completion in fall of 2025. The total project cost is estimated at $260 million. 

Much like the Student Housing Village, Centennial Village will provide resident students with a living and learning environment that enriches their overall on-campus experience. Like other new construction on UM’s campus, Centennial Village will incorporate facility design and innovative building systems in order to achieve LEED Gold certification. 

“When presented with the opportunity to re-envision our first-year housing, we took an in-depth look at the first-year experience of our resident students,” said Jim Smart, executive director for Housing and Residential Life. “Centennial Village will provide students with a blend of individual, group, and community-wide spaces to aide in their transition into University life.” 

The University contracted with Virginia-based VMDO Architects and Zyscovich Architects out of Coral Gables to design the project. Grycon LLC is also providing pre-construction services to the project. More information is available at