Project File: On-campus housing

A $50 million student living project at the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) will provide new apartment- and suite-style on-campus student housing and renovate some existing houses in two phases.

The initial plans call for renovating two residence halls and razing six student-housing buildings constructed in the 1960s and 1970s to make way for new Art Deco-style buildings. Demolition is expected to begin in May for the apartment portion of the project, which is planned to be ready for students in fall 2005. The suite-style student living project will follow with occupancy planned for fall 2006. JPI Campus Quarters (Dallas), the project's developer, will provide management services for ULM's entire on-campus housing program, which totals 1,700 beds.

“ULM will have a new look designed to mirror the architectural styling of the ULM Library — our signature building,” says James Cofer, the university's president. “ULM's $50 million investment in residential life shows our continued commitment to putting our students' needs first.”

The development project ultimately will replace 90 percent of the university's student housing. Along with the housing development, a park with an outdoor amphitheater and student recreation areas will be constructed. The university also is looking at options for housing retail operations and plans to renovate the student union building. It will survey students to determine what types of food are desired in the new student union.

The architect for this project is Humphreys and Partners Architects (Dallas).

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