CAPITOL HILL TIMES - Construction started in mid-May, but the official groundbreaking required the traditional shoveling of dirt. Construction of Seattle University’s 10-story student housing development started in mid-May, but shiny ceremonial shovels hit the dirt Tuesday at the East Madison site. “I like to do groundbreakings when we’ve already broken ground,” said Seattle University president Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
AMERICAN SCHOOL AND UNIVERSITY - The University of Massachusetts Boston has broken ground on the first-ever student housing on campus—a $120 million, 260,000-square-foot residence hall. The university says the 1,077-bed residence hall will be available to first-year UMass Boston students, and is expected to open for the fall 2018 semester.
TAMPA BAY TIMES - For the last few years, student housing at the University of South Florida has functioned above capacity, unable to meet overwhelming demand. In a ceremony complete with Rocky the Bull and green-and-gold pom poms, USF System President Judy Genshaft revealed full-color renderings of the $134 million project USF hopes will alleviate that pressure — and transform the campus.
MULTIFAMILY EXECUTIVE - An expert in the student housing field, Capstone Development Partners hired Ankrom Moisan Architects to design a 20-story building that would reflect the culture of Cornish College of the Arts, a small private college dedicated to the visual and performing arts with two campuses in Seattle. Another goal for the new Cornish Commons building in the downtown South Lake Union neighborhood was to raise the architectural bar of the school’s buildings, since this was the first new one from the ground up since 1921.
PACIFIC NEWS - Ground preparation has already begun to set the stage for a new four-story residence hall north of the Calaveras River on the Stockton Campus. It is the first new residential construction project at Pacific since Monagan and Chan Family halls were completed in 2002. The 381-bed complex will eventually result in approximately 200 more beds, as the long-term plan calls for reducing the number of beds in some of the older existing housing facilities. It is part of a multi-phase master plan to enhance, renovate and repurpose student housing at University of the Pacific.
BOSTON GLOBE - In a first for the bustling commuter school, the University of Massachusetts Boston expects to open a 1,000-student dormitory complex on its Columbia Point campus in September 2018, university officials said Thursday. “This is a major milestone in the history of UMass Boston and a significant accomplishment for the university as a whole,” said Martin Meehan, president of the university system, in a statement.
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA - Marking an important step in the University of South Florida’s plans to build a transformational new housing village on campus, the Florida Board of Governors today approved plans to enter into a public-private partnership (P3), with Capstone-Harrison Street, LLC (partnership of Capstone Development Partners, LLC and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital), kicking off the estimated $133 million development that will eventually be home to more than 2,000 students.
THE TAMPA TRIBUNE - There are rusty sinks and tiny communal showers. The rooms always seem too hot or too cold. The carpets have mysterious stains, and the tiny windows do little to mitigate the harsh fluorescent lighting. But for freshmen Anastasia Akimova,18, and Yu Maeda, 20, along with some 1,000 other students at the University of South Florida, the Andros dorms are home — at least for the semester.
CIRCULATE SAN DIEGO - The MOVE Alliance is pleased to announce its endorsement of 5030 College Avenue Apartments, the proposed Capstone Development Partners student housing project in the College Area. The project provides housing close to the San Diego State University campus in a walkable, bikeable, transit-oriented, urban infill location.
CORNISH COLLEGE OF THE ARTS - At 4:15 p.m. today, President Nancy Uscher and Capstone Development Partners principal Bruce McKee cut the red ribbon to open Cornish Commons, the latest addition to the Cornish College of the Arts' campus. Following are President Uscher's remarks on this historic occasion. My dear friends: Today we are making history. The new Cornish Commons is the first ground up building at Cornish since Kerry Hall was built in 1921. When Nellie Cornish opened up her piano studio in 1914, six years before women had the right to vote in the United States, she had an audacious dream to invent a new kind of school, one that would link the arts to the best thinking about education and innovation. She was a maverick and had tremendous impact on her students and the communities of her time – in Seattle, in the country and even across the Atlantic Ocean – which in her era was a world away.