Balfour Beatty has started the $76m third phase development of new and renovated housing for a student housing project at the Texas A&M University System's member, Tarleton State University in the US.
During works, the company will supply the University's Stephenville, Texas campus with more than 1,000 student housing beds, in addition to academic space for the ROTC programme and shell space for a health clinic operated by the university.
The project, which is scheduled to break ground later in April and open in August 2016, will see Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions act as the lead developer and Balfour Beatty Construction continue as the build partner.
Tarleton State University finance and administration vice-president Tye Minckler said: "This project will enable 1,000 freshman and sophomores to avoid off-campus housing and experience the richness of traditional residential living and learning on campus.
"Research shows that living on campus improves student outcomes so we are grateful to BB for partnering with us so well to improve student success."
To be located adjacent to the university football stadium, a new 616-bed housing facility designed by BOKA Powell Architects will comprise two four-storey structures offering four and two-bedroom units in a modified suite configuration.
The existing 180-bed student accommodation Traditions Hall will also undergo renovations, including an increase in capacity to 446 beds configured in double and single semi-suite style units.
Upon completion, both facilities will be operated and maintained by the university, which would also manage all associated resident life activities.
To be financed through a public-private partnership model, the overall development project will be owned by an affiliate of Collegiate Housing Foundation under a ground lease with the university for a period of 32 years.
Image: Balfour Beatty begins development of student housing project at Tarleton State University. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions.