Howard University in the US has partnered with Campus Apartments for a $107m residential expansion at its Northwest D.C. campus.
The project will feature two on-campus residential facilities, which will house 1,360 students and include social, study and programming spaces.
The residential facilities will feature two-person semi-suites designed to serve the university’s underclassmen population.
Plans also include communal social and study lounges, game rooms, laundry facilities and independent apartment units.
After completion, the development will feature a 200-person multipurpose room, classrooms, academic advisory offices and a new home for the university’s Office of Residence Life.
The new residence halls will be constructed near to existing campus facilities.
Howard University president Sidney Ribeau said the addition of new residential facilities will help to revitalise the 4th Street corridor of campus and establish a physical community for students.
"By improving the quality of our housing, this project will aid in the recruitment and retention of students and enhance the overall collegiate experience at Howard University," Ribeau said.
Campus Apartments executive vice president and chief investment officer Daniel Bernstein said the project will have a positive impact on the entire campus.
"The residence halls are designed to foster a true live-learn environment for underclassmen and will attract new generations of students for years to come," Bernstein added.
The development team also includes Provident Resources, RBC Capital Markets, Clark Construction and McKissack & McKissack.
The project, which is expected to be completed by August 2014, will be financed through tax-exempt bonds issued by the District of Columbia.
Image: The project will feature two on-campus residential facilities and is expected to be completed by August 2014. Photo: McKissack & McKissack.