By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Construction began last week for a new $119.6M freshman engineering residence college on Arizona State University’s main campus in Tempe.
Under a public-private partnership agreement, American Campus Communities is building the 457KSF Ira A Fulton Schools of Engineering Residence College on the site of the former Palo Verde Main dormitory at 500 E. University.
The Palo Verde Main building, opened in 1967, was demolished to make way for the new facility. The new residence college is planned to open in August of 2017.
The 429-unit, 1,594-bed freshman live-in facility is intended to aid ASU in attracting and retaining the best and brightest for the university’s engineering program, which is one of the top 25 in the nation. As part of ASU’s commitment to environmental sensitivity, the combined live/study building will seek Gold LEED certification.
The seven-story live/study space will feature a concrete frame with an insulated metal panel system for the exterior skin and an aluminum architectural second skin.
The project will feature various site improvements and common areas. As part of the offering, Aramark will run 25KSF of dining space in the development.
American Campus Communities will develop and operate the facility under a public-private partnership with ASU.
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