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Campus Groundbreakings

University Business, September 2012
Four-bedroom Stafford cottage model being built near The University of Mississippi
Four-bedroom Stafford cottage model being built near The University of Mississippi

A community of 160 two- to five-bedroom cottages is under construction near The University of Mississippi campus. Partners in the $37.6-million, 4,700-bed project are EdR (majority owner and manager upon the fall 2013 completion) and Landmark Properties (handling development and construction). The community will have outdoor living areas, a pool, a sand volleyball court, horseshoe pits, and a clubhouse with a fitness center, tanning beds, an internet café, study rooms, a computer lounge, a game room, a golf simulator, and a community kitchen. Each cottage will feature a private bathroom for each bedroom, a washer/dryer, and a gourmet kitchen with appliances.

Western Michigan University broke ground on a facility for the university archives and historical records for all of Southwest Michigan. The 16,000-square-foot, $8.3 million Legacy Collections Center, at WMU’s historic Oakland Drive Campus, is part of University Libraries and being built with private funding. Research and historical materials are now in a former gymnasium and two off-site areas. The goal was to find a permanent home that’s secure, climate-controlled, and easily accessible to the public. Each year more than 1,800 community members visit the collections for historical and genealogical research. The new center, designed by SHW Group, should be complete next summer.

Construction is underway on Indiana University’s $45 million Neurosciences Research Building in Indianapolis. The 137,000-square-foot facility will bring together research and clinical care focused on neurological disorders—offering inpatient care, outpatient care, and research in one location. A flexible building design by BSA LifeStructures will allow research spaces to adapt to different discovery pursuits and adjust to technology over time. The research space will be assigned to interdisciplinary, thematic teams of researchers. Messer Construction Co., serving as construction manager and general contractor, will be using Building Information Modeling technology (involving creation of a virtual 3D representation of the building’s characteristics) and Lean Construction techniques. A 2014 completion is anticipated.