Breaking Ground: Other Places
- Construction of a luxury sports condominium hotel near Virginia Tech. The Colosseum, a 241-unit building, will operate like a hotel but have the legal and financial structure of a condo. It’s being billed as a game-day getaway that will allow property owners to earn revenue when they themselves aren’t using it. With an average of 65,000 spectators attending Virginia Tech games, there are just 640 hotel rooms in the area. A portion of the sale of each unit will go toward construction of the university’s new basketball facility. Expected completion of the $60 million project is fall 2011. The developer is Unlimited Construction.
- Renovation of a science center at The University of Scranton (Pa.). With about 150,000 square feet of new and 50,000 square feet of renovated space, it will house the departments of biology, chemistry, computing sciences, physics and electrical engineering, and mathematics, plus interdisciplinary programs. The current building only houses biology and chemistry. The center will include classrooms, glass-walled labs, offices, a rooftop greenhouse, a lecture hall, an atrium, aquariums (some in public view), a vivarium for animal research, meeting areas, and a faculty tearoom. With an expected occupancy of fall 2011, the center is among the major building projects of the university’s $100 million capital campaign. It was designed by EYP / Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering.