Balfour Beatty inaugurates Texas Woman’s University student housing community

WCN Editorial Team 28 Aug 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions has inaugurated the Parliament Village student housing project at Texas Woman’s University (TWU) in Denton, Texas.

The inauguration was attended by members of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions development team, members of University leadership including TWU Chancellor and President Carine Feyten, chairwoman of the TWU Board of Regents Jill Jester, board members of the TWU Foundation and Alumni Association.

The student housing community includes three four-and five-storey Georgian-style buildings, with a housing capacity of 875 TWU sophomore students. The buildings feature a pod-style design that includes spa-like communal baths with private bathrooms and shower stalls.

Additionally, students will have access to the fitness centre, lounge and study areas, community gathering spaces and multipurpose space at the Parliament Village. The project will also serve as a location for TWU’s Housing & Residence Life offices.

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions senior vice president Josh Smith said: “We are excited to deliver this critical new infrastructure to Texas Woman’s University in conjunction with our project partners.

“It was a true pleasure to work with the University’s leadership team as they execute their strategy to improve the on-campus living experience at TWU."

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions claims to have invested $75.5m (£68.4m) in the project.

The project team included Stantec as the architectural service provider and Hill & Wilkinson, which acted as the construction contractor. Collegiate Housing Foundation acted as the project’s residential facility owner, after issuing project-based debt financing.

In May 2018, Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions had broken ground on the project. The project was claimed to be a significant step toward housing students on campus in a community to facilitate living and learning needs of sophomore students on the Denton, Texas campus.

The residential village and dining project was delivered via private-public partnership.

Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions provides public-private partnership (P3) solutions for funding and delivery of capital plans, including residential, academic, administrative and faculty offices, research, athletic/recreation, student centres, dining, parking and infrastructure.

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Image: Texas Women’s University South entrance. Photo: Courtesy of Michael Barera/Wikipedia.org.

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