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Campus groundbreakings: New apartments at University of Indianapolis

New projects also underway at Northwood University and New Jersey City University
University Business, July 2015
Future E-shaped student apartment building and courtyard at the University of Indianapolis.
Future E-shaped student apartment building and courtyard at the University of Indianapolis.

Apartment building at the University of Indianapolis

Up to 480 students will live in this $25 million, four-story apartment building. Located along the city’s increasingly vibrant Shelby Street corridor, the new structure will replace a 1950s-era, 60-unit apartment complex and an adjacent row of aging duplexes that now house 175 students.

The project—a joint venture between the university and local developer Gene Zink—was designed by Schmidt Associates of Indianapolis. The layout includes furnished one- to four-bedroom units, some with balconies.

The E-shaped structure will have three wings pointing east into campus, a courtyard and a recreation area. Construction is expected to be complete by July 2016.

DeVos Graduate School of Management at Northwood University (Michigan)

This 26,800-square-foot facility will replace the existing graduate school building when it opens in the second quarter of 2016. Increased enrollment in Northwood’s graduate programs and a desire to build a first-class academic learning environment were the motivations for the $10 million project.

Designed by TowerPinkster Titus Associates Inc. of Grand Rapids, the facility will feature flexible instructional spaces with fully integrated technology and adjacent breakout rooms. It will also house open spaces and faculty, administrative and admissions offices. Funding came from a $73 million capital campaign, which will also fund expansion of the Bennett Sports Center, as well as student housing construction and enhancements.

Residence hall at New Jersey City University

A 425-bed, $50 million residence hall is the first project of a $400 million development plan for the university’s West Campus. The four-story facility’s suite-style units will comprise a living area, kitchenette and private bathrooms.

Individual living-learning communities and extensive common areas will encourage resident engagement and activity at the mainly commuter school. When the building opens in September 2016, the current housing stock will have doubled. Partnering with the university on the project are Ambling University Development Group and the NJCU Foundation.

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