Orchard Downs was largely completed in three phases, the first units completed in 1960.  The $2.1M second phase, known simply as Orchard Downs Addition, added 160 additional units. Although originally intended for married student housing, they were used as undergraduate male housing for 700 men  under the direction of Calvin Sifferd  for one year before being reassigned as married student housing.  The final phase, Orchard South, was completed in 1968 and provided an additional 252 units. Its $2.1M price tag was largely funded by a Department of Housing and Urban Development loan.