The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) has broken ground on a $140m student housing scheme on the university campus.
Representatives from the UNCW Board of Trustees, Division of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association and Chancellor Jose Sartarelli participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new student housing village.
Sartarelli said: “Imagine this part of campus in a couple of years, when these residence halls will be filled with students eager to experience everything that UNCW has to offer.
“UNCW is a destination school for students from across the country and, increasingly, around the world. Once these buildings open, they will have a brand-new place on campus to call home.”
The university intends to construct four buildings, which will accommodate 1,814 students.
The first two buildings, designed as traditional pod-style, will house freshmen and two suite-style buildings will provide accommodation to upperclassmen, transfers and some freshmen.
Two buildings are scheduled for completion in 2020 and the two remaining buildings in 2021.
The university’s Strategic Plan has mentioned the addition of 1,800 new beds for residential students as a priority.
Sartarelli said that currently more than 16,700 students attend UNCW and the university is positioning its programmes and services to help it grow in the future.
The university began planning for the student housing village two years ago. Hurricane Florence has resulted in the closure of some campus housing.
University officials will work with design and construction partners to develop buildings that can weather future storms.
According to Vice Chancellor for student affairs Pat Leonard, the university is embarking on a plan to continue transforming student life on the UNCW campus.
She said: “This is yet another great day in the history of UNC Wilmington.”
The student housing village will have more than 430,000ft² of space, including a success centre where students will get academic, advising and career assistance; two classrooms and two makerspaces; dining venues on a market-like street and a connecting path that will guide students to Chancellor’s Walk and the academic heart of campus.
UNCW director of housing and residence life Peter Groenendyk said: “As impressive as the project’s facts are, the buildings’ true value will be measured by the transformative impact they will have on our campus and many future generations of Seahawks.”
Image: University representatives at the groundbreakingceremony of the new Student Housing Village. Photo: Courtesy of UNC Wilmington.