UNC Asheville Breaks Ground on the Campus's First Apartment-Style Student Housing
The University of North Carolina, Asheville held a groundbreaking for new student residences that will increase on-campus housing by 20 percent.
This will be UNC Asheville’s first apartment-style housing and is slated for completion in the summer of 2018. The housing, designed by Hanbury, is being constructed in an area adjacent to Brown Hall. The $33.8 million project consists of five apartment-style residential buildings totaling 294 beds, with apartments accommodating four to six students. A sixth multipurpose building will include a large meeting space, fitness room and staff apartment. That building will be constructed if budgets allow.
The new housing will “add to the affordable on-campus housing options for students at a time when Asheville’s rental rates and occupancy rate continue to increase,” the university says.
A variety of living options will be created by the project, including three- and four-story buildings with full kitchens and laundry rooms on site. The residences “will encourage collaboration and community,” the university says, and be staffed by a community director. Students will be steps away from their classes in nearby academic buildings.
Sustainable design was a high priority for the University and Hanbury, seeking LEED Silver certification.
The new student housing option will be built along Founders Drive below Brown Hall. The university is also pursuing a $12.4 million renovation to Highsmith Union on the other side of Brown Hall. Frank L. Blum Construction of Winston-Salem, NC is the Construction Manager for the project.
“These two projects are critical to the continued enhancement of the quality of student life on our campus. Each project will play a key role in delivering the kind of transformative student experience that is a hallmark of UNC Asheville,” said UNC Asheville Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Bill Haggard, in a March press release.
For us at Hanbury, it was a beautiful day to officially commence construction on a housing project that welcomed input from all sides, including students and community. We’re pleased to be a part of this project, university and community.