INDIANAPOLIS – Buckingham Companies and the University of Evansville (UE) today held a groundbreaking ceremony in Evansville, Indiana, for new townhouse apartments, which will provide attractive on-campus housing options for approximately 150 upperclassmen.
UE has contracted with Buckingham Companies, an Indianapolis-based developer, to coordinate the construction and design phases of the project. The kickoff for the $8.5 million project took place at a 10:30 a.m. news conference in the Class of 1959 Gallery and Lounge in the Ridgway University Center.
"We are thrilled to be a part of the University of Evansville's team in its efforts to provide an enhanced environment for learning, living and community," said Brad Chambers, president and CEO of Buckingham Companies. "Our focus for this project is to assist the University of Evansville in fulfillment of its current and long-term vision for campus growth and innovation and to make the University of Evansville a first-choice educational option."
The new townhouses are part of UE’s facilities master plan, announced in March
2012, which will guide the University’s building projects and renovations over the next decade. After an assessment of needs, which included interview and focus group sessions with UE students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni, student housing emerged as one of four priority areas.
“We’re thrilled to break ground on this project, which represents the next phase of the University of Evansville’s facilities master plan,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “We look forward to offering our students a sophisticated, convenient living experience while enhancing the neighborhood around our campus.”
Two townhouse buildings will comprise the “Frederick Commons” (between Frederick Street and Weinbach Avenue) and four buildings will make up the “Walnut Commons” (on the north side of Walnut Avenue and Rotherwood Avenue). Half of the townhouses will be complete and available for move-in in August 2013, with others following in October 2013 and January 2014.
Each two-story townhouse apartment will house four students and includes the following amenities: