A groundbreaking celebration for the new Department of Residence apartment complex was held November 17 at a site overlooking active construction on the project. More than 100 guests gathered to commemorate progress on the apartment building which will be available for student occupancy fall 2012.
The apartments will be open to UNI juniors and seniors. According to Michael Hager, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and executive director of Residence, this project fulfills an educational mission to retain students on campus; students who live on campus earn better grades and are more likely to graduate.
In addition to Hager, event speakers include UNI President Ben Allen; Terry Hogan, vice president for Student Affairs; Greta Johnson, student regent on the Board of Regents, State of Iowa; and Samantha Burdick, NISG director of residence hall relations and Lawther Hall RA.
Current construction will result in apartments for 204 students in single bedrooms in apartments for one, two and four students. The complex will include a two-story lounge; meeting, recreation and study spaces; and an outdoor patio.
The project meets students’ needs for housing, social and academic support on many levels. Communities will be supported by resident assistants, professional residence life staff, office staff, custodial staff and maintenance staff. Residents will have convenient access to meal plans and Piazza dining center and Biscotti’s convenience store; meal plans will be optional because each apartment will have a full kitchen.
- Access to academic support in the apartment complex
- Convenient parking
- 24-hour security
- Indoor mail service
- High speed Internet connection included
- Utilities included
- Cable television included
- Convenience of living in the closest apartments to academic buildings
This Department of Residence apartment complex project is designed to achieve a minimum of LEED silver certification for sustainability and long-term operational maintenance costs. Features will include in-room recycling; energy efficient lighting, heating and air conditioning; construction materials that contribute to energy efficiency and supplier proximity to the building site.
The project construction partners are Invision Architecture of Waterloo, Larson Construction of Independence, Young Plumbing and Heating of Waterloo and DeVries Electric of Pella.
Funding for the project comes from Department of Residence revenue from room and board fees.
Phase II of the project is planned to accommodate 250 students and will open fall 2015.