University Begins Construction of New Student Housing
Contact: Mary Fiess (518) 437-4980
To meet student demand for campus housing and accommodate projected
growth in student enrollment, the University at Albany has begun construction
of new student housing that will provide on-campus accommodations for
an additional 1,200 students.
The new housing, which is being constructed in phases, will be ready
for occupancy by 800 students at the beginning of the fall semester
in 2002. The accommodations for an additional 400 students are slated
for completion in January 2003.
"Attractive quality student housing is an important element in the
University at Albany's efforts to recruit and retain high-performing
undergraduate and graduate students. We are confident this new housing
will strengthen the quality of life for our students," said Vice President
for Student Affairs James P. Doellefeld. "These new student residences
are one factor in the equation to advance UAlbany into the very top
ranks of public universities in America."
Featuring apartment-style living accommodations, the new housing complex
will consist of 25 buildings located on 25 acres at the intersection
of Washington Avenue and Fuller Road.
Most of the buildings will be designed with 12 four-bedroom, two-bath
apartments for use by undergraduates - 48 occupants to a building. Six
of the buildings will be constructed in two clusters forming a "graduate
community" for graduate students and these apartments will have four
bedrooms and four baths. Each apartment will feature a kitchen and living
room and include a washer and dryer. On the site will be one building
that will serve as a commons/"welcoming" building, complete with exercise
and mail facilities, staff offices, and a meeting area.
The University is taking every possible step to preserve the natural
beauty of the site. A buffer zone of trees will remain around the site
and fingers of vegetation will exist among the individual buildings.
To the extent possible, the University will transplant vegetation and
landscape with native plantings.
The State University of New York entered into a ground lease agreement
with the University at Albany Alumni Association to develop the student
housing. The alumni association is subleasing the site to the University
at Albany Foundation Student Housing Corporation, which is overseeing
the development of the project. The housing will be managed by the University
under contract with the Student Housing Corporation. The estimated $59
million in project costs will be funded through municipal tax-exempt
bonds, and the Student Housing Corporation is seeking financing through
City of Albany's Industrial Development Agency.
United Development Corp. of Albany is the project developer. Architects
are DiMella Shaffer Associates of Boston. The site engineer is Saratoga
Associates; the general contractor is BBL Construction Services. First
Albany Corporation will serve as bond underwriter.
July 26, 2001
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