The Marquee student housing project was originally permitted as the Villages of Camelot and consists of two 6-story parking garages and 1,531 beds. It was constructed in two phases and is located across the street from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.
The developer assembled multiple properties that included both single family and small multifamily units totaling approximately 10 acres. This small surface area created a very challenging project to achieve the client’s desired densities within the tract. The design did not allow for “wasted” space. Appian Engineering maximized usable area by designing a stormwater system that uses underground vaults.
Access to the site required a new signalized intersection across the street from the university which is a state road, thus requiring permitting through both the county and state. Appian also designed new turn lanes within the existing right-of-way to accommodate the increase in traffic.
The entitlement process required obtaining approval from the Orange County Development Review Committee, Commercial Plans Review, Florida Department of Transportation, St. Johns River Water Management District, and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. Appian led the horizontal design team, coordinated with the jurisdictional authorities, obtained the permits, and managed the construction, all while satisfying a very aggressive permit and construction schedule. Leases for student housing correlate directly with the university schedule. If project completion had been delayed, it would have cost the developer hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue.