Kennesaw State University breaks ground on $26-million student housing addition
Newest phase of University Place helps meet growing demand for on-campus housing To access a…
Georgia (Oct 7, 2011) — The 207,500-square-foot apartment complex will add 451 beds to the adjacent University Place, a 700-bed development for upperclassmen, which opened in 2002.
“This latest addition to Kennesaw State’s campus provides an extremely attractive housing option for upperclass students to live in a dedicated residential community," said Kennesaw State President Daniel S. Papp. “As enrollment at Kennesaw State continues to grow, more of our students are looking for the complete college experience, including the convenience of on-campus living.”
Each 1,282-square-foot apartment will feature four bedrooms with private bathrooms, a shared kitchen and living room, washer and dryer, balcony and Wi-Fi connectivity. The new four-story structures also will be equipped with elevators. The six-acre, garden-style complex will consist of three residential buildings, a large multipurpose room and outdoor amphitheater. It also features ample parking and green space as well as a promenade connecting to Kennesaw State University Road.
Once the addition is complete, the university will offer almost 3,500 beds. With the additional beds, nearly 15% of KSU's 24,100 students will live on campus.
"This exciting, new development will fill the need for many upperclass students who normally would have been placed on the waiting list, which annually is closed when it exceeds 800 students,” said Michael Sanseviro, dean of student success. “Many students want the security and convenience of on-campus accommodations."
The new facility, designed by HADP Architecture, will be developed by University Housing Services and built by Hardin Construction. The project is being financed by the KSU Foundation through bonds issued by the Development Authority of Cobb County.
“The KSU Foundation is committed to helping Kennesaw State reach new heights, and with today’s groundbreaking more students will now be able to live and study in an on-campus environment that offers highly sought-after amenities,” said Norman Radow, chairman of the KSU Foundation.
This new phase of on-campus housing will also expand the concept of specialty themed residence halls, providing students with living accommodations based on common interests.
“Themed residence halls have significantly enhanced our ability to meet the growing and diverse needs of our students while maximizing the co-curricular experience that helps students achieve success both in and out of the classroom,” said Jeff Cooper, director of KSU residence life.
KSU Residence Life offers four communities: University Place, University Village, University Village Suites and KSU Place.
Despite being a fairly new residential campus, Kennesaw State has received several awards for its housing facilities and residence life staff. In 2009, College Planning & Management magazine recognized KSU’s University Village Suites as a “Project of Distinction” in the publication’s Education Design Showcase Awards. Also in 2009, Kennesaw State received three of six statewide awards from the Georgia Housing Officers association in categories recognizing outstanding programs and personnel.
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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing student population of more than 24,100 from 142 countries.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers close to 200 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-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 126 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. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.