Millersville University (Pa.) broke ground in September on phase one of a new living-learning community complex. It’s the first step in a commitment to replace all 2,200 beds on campus with suite-style accommodations. Located at one end of the campus’ residential quad, the community will have clusters of 24 to 44 students. The first phase, with 709 beds in two buildings, is expected to be complete by fall 2014. Ambling University Development Group is managing the project and development team, which includes Benchmark Construction, and Lord, Aeck & Sargent Architects. Student Services, Inc. is issuing the bonds to finance the project.
A $15 million, 52,000-square-foot academic and training building is now under construction at New College Institute (Va.). Located on an historic downtown Martinsville block, the three-story building is the first being built specifically for NCI’s campus. It will accommodate expanded academic programs in advanced manufacturing, entrepreneurship, and health care, with academic and teaching space, labs, offices, and a lecture hall. Dewberry is serving as architect and engineer, with New Atlantic Contracting as the general contractor.
The new University Union building is underway at the University of North Texas. The current student union, built in 1964 and expanded in the 1970s, was designed to serve about 17,000 students, but UNT now has about 36,000 students. Students voted in 2012 to approve a fee increase of up to $115 each semester to fund the $130 million project. Being built to LEED Platinum-level standards, the building was designed by Perkins + Will.