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FAU Hosts Groundbreaking for New 614-Bed Residence Hall

BOCA RATON, FL (August 6, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University’s department of housing and residential life, a part of the Division of Student Affairs, hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new 614-bed residence hall today on its Boca Raton campus. The project is scheduled to be completed in August 2013 for the start of the fall semester.

“We are extremely excited that we are breaking ground to build another wonderful housing facility for our students,” said Charles Brown, Ph.D., senior vice president for student affairs. “The construction of this residence hall will allow us to house more students on campus and continue our effort to create a vibrant campus life experience for all of our students.”

The seven-story building, totaling nearly 190,000 square feet, will house freshmen and contain 400 single rooms and 200 double rooms in four-person suites. Each furnished suite will contain two bathrooms shared between the four residents. Amenities include unlimited building-wide Wi-Fi access, two-story floor study lounges, classroom space, conference room, computer lab, fitness center, laundry facilities and retail dining space. The facility is on track to qualify for gold level certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The new residence hall will include FAU’s first Faculty-in-Residence program, with a faculty member living in the building and teaching in its classroom space. There will also be administrative offices and live-in professional staff accommodations.

The $46 million project, funded by the sale of bonds that are secured by student housing fees to build and run the facility, is a joint venture of architects PGAL/SSI and construction team Cummings-Balfour Beatty. FAU is primarily responsible for leasing, marketing, student programming and residential life, while C-BB Management is responsible for property management and physical operations for this and all housing buildings on the Boca Raton campus.

For more information, please contact Jill Eckardt, director of housing and residential life, at 561-297-3907 or via email to jeckardt@fau.edu.

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Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship.  For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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