Regents pave way for new residence hall at Kennesaw State University

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 18‚ 2007) — More than 900 additional Kennesaw State University students soon…

Georgia (Apr 18, 2007) — Regents pave way for new residence hall at Kennesaw State University

Jeremy Craig

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900−Plus Bed Facility Will Significantly Expand On−Campus Housing


Contact: Director of University Relations
Frances Weyand Harrison
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Writer: Jeremy Craig‚ 770−423−6203 or jcraig19@kennesaw.edu

KENNESAW‚ Ga. (April 18‚ 2007) — More than 900 additional Kennesaw State University students soon will have the opportunity to live on campus‚ thanks to the Board of Regents’ approval today of a ground lease allowing the university to build a much−anticipated new residence hall.

The regents approved the request for a ground lease and site license for the second phase of KSU’s University Village housing complex on Wednesday‚ at its meeting in Statesboro‚ Ga. The board’s action allows KSU officials to now move forward in expanding housing opportunities on campus by the fall of 2008.

The newly approved 913−bed‚ $50 million residence hall will be located off of Campus Loop Road near Frey Road. The new phase of suite−style housing for freshmen students will feature private bedrooms‚ kitchenettes and shared bathrooms. An art gallery and exhibition space on the second floor of the lobby area are additional amenities planned for the new facility.

Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp said he is extremely appreciative that the Board of Regents gave careful consideration to the institution’s request and proposed timeline for the project. “We were very pleased to gain the regents’ support for this important project‚ because on−campus housing is becoming increasingly important to the student experience at Kennesaw State University‚” Papp stated. “This additional housing further solidifies our transformation into a residential university and will allow us to expand student participation in campus life‚ which ultimately improves retention and graduation.”

Presently‚ more than 10 percent of Kennesaw State University’s 19‚854 students reside on campus. The new residence hall – which is anticipated to be ready for occupancy by the fall semester of 2008 – will add another 913 beds to the 2‚163 beds currently available at KSU.

The university’s housing program‚ which began during the fall semester of 2002 when enrollment at the university totaled 15‚654‚ has proved exceedingly popular among students‚ helping to boost the institution’s enrollment and desirability. Last fall‚ there were about 800 students on the waiting list for existing housing due to the 100−percent occupancy of existing housing.

Presently‚ KSU has three on−campus apartment communities:

KSU Place‚ which can accommodate 582 residents;
University Place‚ which can accommodate 700 residents; and
Phase I of University Village‚ which can accommodate 881 residents.

The new ground lease allows for the swift construction of the newly approved facility by the KSU Real Estate Foundation and University Housing Services Inc. Construction will begin immediately upon receipt of the site license.

At the end of the ground lease‚ which is not to exceed 32 years‚ the property‚ all improvements and any accumulated capital reserves will become the property of the Board of Regents.


ONLINE PRESS KIT:

To download publication−ready renderings of the new student housing‚ visit https://files.kennesaw.edu/staff/jcraig19/MediaGraphics/HousingExpansion/index.html.

For more about KSU student housing‚ including information about existing on−campus residence halls‚ visit www.kennesaw.edu/residencelife.

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A member of the 35−unit University System of Georgia‚ Kennesaw State University is a comprehensive‚ residential institution with a growing population approaching 20‚000 students from 132 countries. The third−largest university in Georgia‚ Kennesaw State offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degrees‚ including a new doctorate in education.


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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its approximately 38,000 students. With 13 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the third-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 92 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status, and one of the 50 largest public institutions in the country. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.

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