Major development work commences in the US

The US development team has been busy with four development and refurbishment projects totaling over $22M. These include development of the Varnado Hall Residential College at Northwestern State University, renovation of 712 beds at Village Oaks at Texas State Technical College, interior upgrades of 14 common areas and 725 beds at Illini Tower at the University of Illinois and a major refurbishment of the ground floor community space at The Edge at Temple University in Philadelphia. All projects are schedule to be finished Fall 2017. Preliminary work has also commenced at Cambridge Oaks Student Village at the University of Houston as the second Revitalize project.

 

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(pictured: Varnado Hall Ballroom rendering)

 

Varnado Hall

Investment: $8.4M

CLVus began works on its first residential college project with Varnado Hall at Northwestern State University in March. This $8.4M, 194-bed facility is a renovation of an historic residence hall built in 1938 that has recently been used for overflow housing at the University.

The residential college at Northwestern State University (NSU) will provide a vibrant community for students interested in the creative and performing arts to merge their academic experience with student life. Development plans for Varnado Hall boast music practice rooms, a recording studio and art studio. The iconic ballroom will be a versatile space used for study and social activities daily, and can be utilized as a concert hall and event venue for performances.

In March, the team at NSU hosted a commencement ceremony with the University to unveil the plans for the new Varnado Hall Residential College for the Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA). Over 250 students and faculty came out for the event in which acting University President, Dr. Chris Maggio, Gary Clarke (CEO Campus Living Villages US) and interim Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Greg Handel, expressed their excitement for the project and the impact it will have on the University.

Everyone involved has imagined this to be an extension of what the Creative and Performing Arts already do, and an enhancement of the student experience in CAPA,” said Dr. Handel. “We hope that Varnado, much like the CAPA Complex, becomes a place where students embrace their collaborative and artistic spirits to create a community of artists.”

 

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(Pictured: Unveiling of Varnado Hall plans during ceremony.)

 

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(Picture: Newly renovated resident clubhouse at Village Oaks)

 

Village Oaks

Investment: $6.2M

The works at Village Oaks in Waco, Texas began in December 2016. This is the first of the US owned assets to begin works under Project Revitalization. This $6.2M project includes new unit interior finishes, new kitchens and bathrooms, appliances and upgraded internet services for 712 beds.

Current residents have already begun to see the new renovations and are very excited about the newly updated units. Village Oaks has also received a refreshed clubhouse design from IKEA.

 

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(Pictured: Rendering for new lounge space at The Edge)

 

The Edge Student Village

The Edge Student Village will be undergoing a $3M renovation to the exterior and ground floor lobby area. The project will commence in early May to provide residents a more engaging community space featuring new study areas, a large community kitchen, multipurpose exercise room and social lounge. The exterior works will provide a refreshed look, better visibility of the entrance and a better outdoor community space.

The Edge will be the first of the US villages to install an Amazon Hub package delivery system to provide residents with a convenient, 24-hour package delivery locker that can be accessed via their smart phone or at the kiosk.

 

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(Pictured: Rendering of new resident lounges at Illini Tower)

 

Illini Tower Student Village

Also beginning works in May, Illini Tower will be undergoing works on Phase I of an $11M renovation project. Phase I will focus on interior upgrades to the 16-story high-rise. The interior living spaces on floors two through 16 will be receiving a modern refresh. This includes 725 resident units to be updated with new flooring and updated furniture as well as 14 resident lounges which will be refreshed with IKEA designs and furnishings. Phase II works for Illini Tower are planned to commence in FY18.