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2017 News

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3 Important Elements of Multi-Family Social Media Management
April 27, 2017

Read on to learn RISE’s 3 key takeaways for successful multi-family social media marketing – focusing on customer service, engagement and sales.

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4 Elements of a Successful Partnership
April 19, 2017

Some of the business world’s best success stories are reached by two or more entities forging a partnership to evolve their organization into something more or to fill a need. When you look to enter a new partnership or gauge how well existing business relationships are performing, what is your consideration process?

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Lillington, NC Student Property Takes on New Brand Identity
April 13, 2017

Campbell Creek Apartments of Lillington, North Carolina, formerly known as Campus Habitat Lillington, recently rolled out a full rebrand under the direction of RISE: A Real Estate Company to develop an aesthetic representative of their residents.

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3 Steps to Earn Crucial Lease Renewals
April 6, 2017

The importance of lease renewals is no secret in the multi-family housing industry in regards to the owner’s bottom line and workload for the on-site team. What does it take to earn renewals from your residents?

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Construction of SkyVue Apartments Reaches Completion in Pittsburgh, PA
March 29, 2017

SkyVue Apartments, located in Pittsburgh’s Medical and University District at 3333 Forbes Avenue, is finalizing construction and welcoming new residents.

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“The Brix at Midtown” Opens Leasing Center Near Grand Rapids’ Medical Mile
March 9, 2017

A 287-unit RISE apartment community is now leasing in Grand Rapids’ Midtown neighborhood near the Medical Mile.

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RISE Continues to Grow Student Housing Portfolio with Athens, OH Purchase
January 4, 2017

RISE recently closed on the purchase of University Courtyard Athens, a 182-unit, 580-bed student housing community in Athens, Ohio and plans to complete extensive renovations.

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RISE Adds $671 Million in Development and Acquisition Value in 2016
November 16, 2016

As we conclude 2016, RISE reflects on a year of strategic growth in both on and off campus housing totaling $671 million in development and acquisition value within 2016.

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Millersville University, SSI and RISE Complete Three-Phased Housing Transformation through P3 Partnership
November 14, 2016

After a four-year turn-key partnership, RISE: A Real Estate Company delivered The Villages, a 665,000 SF living-learning community, to Millersville University and Student Services, Inc (SSI).

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RISE Expands Student Housing Portfolio with Baton Rouge Purchase
August 12, 2016

RISE recently closed on the purchase of Oakbrook Apartments, a student housing community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, as a strategic addition during an aggressive acquisition season.

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LSU Property Foundation Selects Preferred Development Team for Nicholson Gateway Project
February 8, 2016

LSU Property Foundation Selects Preferred Development Team for Nicholson Gateway Project BATON ROUGE – The LSU Property Foundation has selected leading master developer firm RISE Real Estate as the preferred development team for the Nicholson Gateway Project and possible redevelopment of six existing residence halls at LSU. The Nicholson Gateway Project will be a public-private […]

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RISE Residential Acquires Ambling Student Housing Management
November 30, 2015

RISE Residential Acquires Ambling Student Housing Management to Secure Their Position Among Top Management Companies Valdosta, GA, November 16, 2015-  Only five months after Ambling University Development Group successfully rebrands to RISE, it acquires Ambling Student Housing.  The RISE portfolio now consists of over 17,000 beds in 36 property in over 16 states. Ambling Companies, Inc. […]

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RISE Brings New Office Renovation Downtown
August 31, 2015

VALDOSTA — Several businesses are moving downtown, and according to Valdosta Main Street, more businesses are set to arrive. RISE Real Estate, formerly known as Ambling University Development Group, will be moving into the McCrory building on Patterson Street, while Red Door Records is returning downtown with plenty of vinyl and a new take on […]

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RISE Announces Construction Starts on Three On-Campus University Housing Projects
July 16, 2015

Valdosta, Georgia – RISE: A Real Estate Company announced today that it has started construction on a 425-bed student residence hall at New Jersey City University, a 599-bed student housing community on the Millersville University campus, as well as a 421-bed mixed-use residence hall on the campus of Western Carolina University.  All three projects will […]

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$50M apartment project along Medical Mile gets green light from city planners
July 10, 2015

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – A massive apartment project that will bring 287 new housing units to the Medical Mile got the green light from the city’s Planning Commission on Thursday, July 9.

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What’s in a Name: Q&A With RISE Real Estate President Greg Blais on Rebranding the Company
June 17, 2015

Jun. 17, 2015 What’s in a Name: Q&A With RISE Real Estate President Greg Blais on Rebranding the Company By Andie Lowenstein, Associate Editor This week, RISE: A Real Estate Company, formerly known as Ambling University Development Group, unveiled the company’s new name and branding. Over the past two decades, the team has overseen the […]

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Ambling University Development Group Rebrands as RISE: A Real Estate Company
June 15, 2015

Company Led by Seasoned Team Behind $2.3 Billion in Developments Nationwide VALDOSTA, Ga., June 15, 2015 — RISE: A Real Estate Company, formerly Ambling University Development Group, today unveiled the company’s new name and branding. The company’s name — which is short for Reasonable and Reliable, Inspired and Impactful, Serve and Simplify, Experienced and Empowering […]

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New Housing Community Planned for Former Story Oldsmobile Site
May 11, 2015

LANSING – A Georgia developer plans to build a 9-story building with 359 apartments and retail space on the former Story Oldsmobile site on Michigan Avenue.

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NJCU to Break Ground for Student Residence Hall
May 11, 2015

New Jersey City University (NJCU) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, May 14 for a 425-bed student residence hall which will be the first project in a $400-million construction plan for facilities and buildings on NJCU’s West Campus.

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Western Carolina University: Work on mixed-use facility to begin this Spring
January 14, 2015

The next phase of a project on the Western Carolina University campus to build a new mixed-used facility on the site of a structure damaged by fire in November 2013 is expected to get underway this spring, university officials said.

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‘Oh, it’s gorgeous’: WVSU Dedicates First New Dorm in Decades
August 13, 2014

Judge Damon Keith’s eyes lit up Wednesday as he got a tour of his namesake — the first residence hall to be built on West Virginia State University’s campus since 1969.

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South Georgia State College Dining Hall Receives Preservation Award
June 12, 2014

The dining hall at South Georgia State College in Douglas, Ga. was recently awarded the 2014 Georgia Trust Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation. Constructed in 1926, the 300 seat, 17,765 sq ft facility was built to serve the campus dining program and through this renovation was returned to its original historic use. The renovation of the dining hall was one of three developed in partnership with RISE, including two residence halls totaling 540 beds and the renovation of the Clower Center, a historic gymnasium transformed into a student life and activity center.

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Georgia Tech – Construction on Spring Street Housing Underway
November 15, 2013

Construction recently began on a new student housing complex that will be located on the Northwest corner of Spring Street and 8th Street in Midtown. The housing development is currently scheduled to open in the 2015 academic year. RISE will administer this “Spring Street Housing” project and will construct the 19-story building, working in conjunction with Inland American Communities Group, Inc. (IAC).

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West Virginia State University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall
October 3, 2013

West Virginia State University recently broke ground on a 291-bed, $20 million on-campus residence hall. The new Judge Damon J. Keith Scholars Hall is the first residence hall to be constructed on the WVSU campus since 1969 and represents the University’s commitment to providing modernized living facilities for its students.

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Millersville University Breaks Ground on New Living Community
September 24, 2013

Millersville University students, administration and a development crew celebrated the official groundbreaking and beam signing for the first phase of new living-learning communities on the Millersville University of Pennsylvania campus.

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Flats at West Village Expected to Help Connect City’s Two Hubs
August 28, 2013

Stretching over a 2-acre parcel on a vacant block where a car repair shop once stood, The Flats at West Village project is expected to change the face of West Main Street in Charlottesville.

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Ground Breaking/Beam Signing for New ‘Ville Housing
August 26, 2013

Work is underway on the first phase of the new living-learning communities on the Millersville University of Pennsylvania campus and the official groundbreaking ceremony, which will include a beam signing, is set for September 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. The first phase will be complete in time to accommodate students for the fall 2014 semester and will include 709 beds in two buildings.

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RISE: Raising the Standard for Higher Education Facilities
May 1, 2013

RISE understands the importance of delivering facilities that improve on-campus living and contribute to the educational mission and style of its higher education clients. RISE works with both private and public institutions, utilizing a highly interactive approach based on extensive feedback from students, clients and stakeholders during the project’s initial development.

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Old Ramada Hotel Downtown is Converting to Student Housing
December 7, 2012

The old Ramada hotel at 70 John Wesley Dobbs Ave. in Downtown is getting a makeover. The property was recently purchased by an arm of Valdosta-based RISE, which focuses on student housing.

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NGSCU: Partnership Results in $110 Million Campus Transformation
November 12, 2012

North Georgia College and State University (NGCSU) recently completed a four-year, $110 million campus transformation culminating with the renovation of Gaillard Hall, a 166-bed historic cadet residence hall. In addition to Gaillard, other projects completed include the addition of 1,214 student beds, a 1,080-space parking deck, a new multi-use building that houses the university bookstore, retail and health center as well as a 1,000-seat dining hall.

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RISE Celebrates Completion of $100 Million Housing Modernization
October 3, 2012

The University of Louisiana Lafayette held a ribbon cutting ceremony, Saturday, September 29, to celebrate the completion of a two year, $100 million housing initiative, that has transformed its campus into a modern student living-learning environment.

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Major University Housing and Mixed-Use Project Coming to West Main
October 3, 2012

The Plaza on West Main, which is being proposed by Riverbend Management and RISE, would be constructed between the Amtrak station and the Hampton Inn. Two buildings would be built on a 2.12 acre parcel on which a former auto repair facility stands vacant.

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Millersville to Replace all Nine Residence Halls
September 17, 2012

To catch up to their peers and to fix a glaring hole in its campus offerings, Millersville University announced Monday it will be replacing all nine of its residence halls with eight new, $180 million suite style accommodations.

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Ribbon Cutting Marks Completion of NGCSU Military Village
September 14, 2012

North Georgia College & State University held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday for the newly renovated Gaillard Hall, celebrating the culmination of a series of construction projects across campus.

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Phase II of Historical Housing Project Wraps at University of Louisiana
August 15, 2012

With the newly constructed Baker, Huger, Bonin, and Coronna Halls, and the renovation of Harris Hall, the university begins the 2012 fall semester with nearly 3,000 beds and approximately 460,000 square feet of newly constructed space.

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We Are All Good for University Growth
June 1, 2012

“What’s on my Mind” article by Greg Blais – Both on campus and off campus developers fulfill university recruitment and retention needs.

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Partnering to Park
January 30, 2012

As universities call on outside parties to develop student housing on campus, developers also find themselves taking on other projects as part of RFPs. Chief among these are parking, dining halls and classroom space. Companies like RISE are seeking innovations when it comes to working parking into financing and project delivery of public-private partnerships.

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University of South Dakota Residence Hall Awarded LEED Gold
January 10, 2012

Coyote Village, a new 195,000 sf residence hall at the University of South Dakota has been awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council according to project developer, RISE.

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New UL Lafayette Dorms Open to Students
January 1, 2012

Hundreds of students at UL Lafayette will have a new place to call home on campus. After a year of construction Huger Hall is now ready for students to move-in and just in time for the start of the spring semester.

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New Student Housing Includes Military and Civilian Component
December 15, 2011

Construction on seven buildings at the North Georgia College & State University campus in Dahlonega, Ga., is entering the home stretch. The properties, began by developer RISE in 2009, will be ready for occupancy in time for the 2012-13 academic year, beginning next August.

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UL Lafayette’s Olivier Tower Offers More Than Just Parking
September 7, 2011

The University of Louisiana Lafayette recently celebrated the opening of a new, six-level mixed-use structured parking facility named Olivier Tower, The 852-space deck was constructed on a 1.31 acre site, formerly the location of the UL Lafayette Credit Union and includes 10,000 sq. ft. of customizable commercial space fronting the historic McKinley Street.

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North Georgia College & State University Cuts Ribbon on New Bookstore and Signature Dining Facility
September 7, 2011

North Georgia College & State University, located in Dahlonega, Ga. recently celebrated the opening of two new state-of-the-art facilities on their campus. The new Chestatee Building, a 47,925 sq. ft. mixed-use facility, and the new 1,215 seat dining hall will fill the needs of various auxiliary functions including a bookstore, Student Health Center, campus offices, general dining space as well as banquet hall seating.

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South Georgia College Brings New Life to On-Campus Dining
September 7, 2011

South Georgia College in Douglas, Ga. recently opened the doors to a newly renovated, 300-seat dining facility. Originally purposed as a dining hall, the 1927 building has undergone a number of renovations throughout its 84 year history, most recently providing classroom space.

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RISE Delivers First Phase of UL Lafayette Student Housing
August 18, 2011

RISE is proud to announce the successful completion of Baker Hall, a new student housing community as well as Olivier Tower, a structured parking facility on the University of Louisiana (UL) Lafayette campus. After achieving financial closing on December 14th of last year, this milestone includes 462 on-campus beds and 852 spaces of structured parking, representing the first components of the phased delivery of 2,000 beds by Fall 2012.

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Students Move In the New Baker Hall at UL Lafayette
August 18, 2011

Students began moving into the brand new Baker Hall at University of Louisiana Lafayette. The 462 bed facility was completed in less than a year.

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North Georgia College & State Students to Enjoy $25M in Improvements
August 16, 2011

School starts today at North Georgia College & State University, and its 6,000 students will have two new facilities to explore in between classes. Campus now has a new bookstore, dining options and a Starbucks.

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South Georgia College Celebrates Topping Out on Dining Hall
March 29, 2011

South Georgia College and RISE celebrated the topping out of their dining hall renovation project on the college’s campus in Douglas, GA. In partnership with contractor Juneau Construction Company (JCC), the project team celebrated this notable project milestone by extending its sincere thanks to all field-level workers for their tireless efforts in the renovation of this historic structure.

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Southern Polytechnic’s Hornet Village a Finalist for Best of Atlanta
March 4, 2011

For the 2011 Best in Atlanta Real Estate Awards, Southern Polytechnic State University’s Hornet Village was a finalist in the Residential category.

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USD’s Coyote Village Becomes South Dakota’s First LEED Gold Residence Hall
February 7, 2011

Coyote Village, a 550-bed student housing building at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, has earned a major distinction in the sustainable design arena. The property, developed by RISE through a turnkey design-build contract with the state, has become the first residence hall in South Dakota to earn LEED Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

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USD’s Coyote Village Awarded LEED Gold
February 1, 2011

Coyote Village, a new 195,000 sf residence hall at the University of South Dakota has been awarded LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council according to project developer, RISE. This is the University’s fourth building constructed to LEED standards, setting the trend for new construction on-campus. Coyote Village is the first LEED Gold certified residence hall in the state of South Dakota and one of only a few in the country.

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Public-Private Partnerships for University Housing Development
January 19, 2011

In the realm of campus development, public-private partnerships are becoming a more common occurrence, but are nothing new. The trend began nearly 20 years ago as cash-strapped colleges and universities looked to the private sector to assist with the construction of student housing.

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RISE Receives Funding for Student Housing Development in LA
January 12, 2011

RISE has received funding for a more than $100 million student housing development at University of Louisiana – Lafayette campus in Lafayette. The new project will include 1,812 beds, renovation of multiple existing buildings, and a new 1,000-space parking deck with ground floor retail space.

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RISE Closes $100 Million Development at University of Louisiana – Lafayette
January 6, 2011

RISE announced it has achieved financial closing on one of the largest on-campus projects under development in the country. At just over $100 million, the project will transform the University of Louisiana – Lafayette campus to include 1,812 new beds, renovation of multiple existing buildings, a new 1,000 space parking deck with ground floor retail as well as a full campus master plan.

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RISE Awarded 2,000 Bed Project at UL-Lafayette
December 14, 2010

RISE has announced its partnership with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette for the development of 2,000 new beds of student housing. The company will demolish five existing structures to make way for two new housing communities and a 1,000-space parking deck with street-level commercial space.

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Coyote Village Open House Slated Thursday
August 30, 2010

The University of South Dakota is celebrating Coyote Village, The U’s new apartment-style residence hall complex, with an Open House at noon on Thursday, Sept. 2, at the building’s main entrance.

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Coyote Village Not Your Average Dorm
August 27, 2010

Pinky Miller, assistant dean of students at USD, says the best way to describe a dorm is to turn the word into an acronym: Dreary Old Room of Mine. There’s nothing dreary about the new Coyote Village student housing, which was completed this summer in time for early-bird students to begin moving into its apartments on Aug. 1.

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New Era at SPSU
August 21, 2010

Southern Polytechnic State University will officially open its new $38 million campus housing and dining facilities, including its first Greek housing, today at the Greek housing complex. There will be a 3 p.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by a 5 p.m. tailgate barbecue.

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North Georgia College & State University – New Suites Open Doors
August 20, 2010

The ribbon cutting for the North Georgia Suites took place on Friday, Aug. 6. In his welcoming address, President Dr. David Potter said that North Georgia Suites, a project that took three years of planning and construction, was completed “on time and under budget.”

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South Georgia College – Ribbon Cutting for Tiger Village II
August 19, 2010

The newest building on the South Georgia College (SGC) campus is a 292-bed residence hall known as Tiger Village II. A ribbon cutting and dedication for the building was held on Thursday, August 12.

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RISE Awarded New Partnership with University of Louisiana Lafayette
July 30, 2010

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is moving forward with plans to create an additional 2,600 on-campus housing units.

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Coyote Village Nears Completion
July 28, 2010

The University of South Dakota is quiet for now, but in a few weeks, students will start pouring back onto campus and likely notice a new building. Coyote Village will house 550 students and include a 30-seat theatre, gaming room and convenience store with Starbucks drip coffee.

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Coyote Village Brings Style to Campus Living at USD
March 15, 2010

Stylish, state-of-the-art and convenient are three words usually not associated with living in a residence hall on campus but have you seen Coyote Village at The University of South Dakota? Coyote Village is USD’s new apartment-style residence hall complex and its features have students reconsidering that style and privacy can be a part of everyday life on campus.

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University Business – 35 SMART Building Ideas
December 1, 2009

Partner with a private developer. These firms can provide guidance in initiating and navigating the financing process. One such firm is RISE, which has helped secure bonds for 41 campus projects in the last decade.

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RISE Developing LEED Silver Certified Student Housing
October 29, 2009

RISE announces plans to develop three new facilities on campus to include a new student housing residence hall, 10 Special Interest homes and a state-of-the-art dining facility in partnership with Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) of Marietta, Georgia.

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VSU Celebrates Opening of Georgia Hall
October 8, 2009

Though Georgia Hall has been home to Valdosta State University students for more than a month now, the newest residence hall on campus had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday. President Schloss thanked Juneau Construction and RISE for their continued dedication and work, which is helping to shape the changing landscape of the university.

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The ABC’s of Student Housing
October 1, 2009

In the absence of a sweetheart lender for private, off-campus projects, some developers are turning to on-campus properties that will be owned by the university and financed through tax-exempt revenue bonds. Valdosta, Ga.-based RISE, for instance, recently closed on four major development transactions, despite challenging financial markets.

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University of South Dakota Offers New Home Away From Home
September 21, 2009

Next fall, University of South Dakota students will move into Coyote Village, the new apartment-style residence hall complex. The Coyote Village project was developed by Georgia-based RISE, an industry leader in student housing, said Rich Van Den Hul, vice president for finance and administration.

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University of South Dakota Offers Upgraded Amenities in Dorms
September 21, 2009

“Students are demanding more and more out of their housing and there are more off campus opportunities and the amenities keep growing higher and higher and this is an effort to bring more and more students back on campus,” said Curt Fowler, V.P. RISE.

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Georgia Southern Readies a New “Centennial”
July 30, 2009

Georgia Southern University president Dr. Bruce Grube said bricks and beds are some of the only things Centennial Place has in common with the dormitories of the past. “It is clearly not your mommy or daddy’s place or where your grandparents went to college,” he said. “Georgia Southern is such a size and a status now that this is almost expected on our campus.”

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Education Design Showcase: Project of Distinction Winner 2009 – Valdosta State University Hopper Hall
July 2, 2009

At the pinnacle of growth on the Valdosta State University campus stands the new Hopper Hall residential housing community. Sitting on just under two and one-half acres, the replacement facility for the original Hopper Hall stands four stories tall, postured by a pair of grand towers that frame the entrance to the central courtyard. Boasting 514 beds in suite-style rooms, Hopper Hall offers today’s contemporary students a leading-edge living and learning environment.

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University of South Dakota “Coyote Village”
May 21, 2009

The South Dakota Board of Regents authorized The University of South Dakota Thursday to go ahead with its plans to construct Coyote Village, a new student housing project that will be located south of the DakotaDome.

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Valdosta State University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall
October 9, 2008

While construction on the new Georgia Hall has already started at Valdosta State University, the official groundbreaking was held Wednesday. Through a partnership with RISE, Juneau Construction and VSU, more than 2,100 beds have been renovated or built on campus.

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Georgia Southern University – Centennial Place
July 17, 2008

Georgia Southern University broke ground on its newest student housing venture, Centennial Place, after receiving approval at the University System of Georgia Board of Regents meeting in January. Construction officially began on February 1st by Hardin Construction Company, the project’s general contractor. RISE is the developer and Niles Bolton Associates is the architect for the project.

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Valdosta State University Cuts the Ribbon on Hopper Hall
June 25, 2008

Valdosta State University’s newest residence hall was formally dedicated Tuesday, as President Ronald M. Zaccari was joined in a ribbon cutting ceremony by representatives from the University System of Georgia, state legislators, university officials, students and members of the community.

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Centennial Place Construction Brings Jobs and Expertise to Statesboro
June 17, 2008

Creating Centennial Place, Georgia Southern University’s new 1,000-bed residence hall, calls for the talent and expertise of many people and their organizations. Scheduled for completion in July 2009, the large-scale project includes a developer, an architect and a general contractor. ‘Centennial Place is one of the largest construction projects that the University has undertaken,” said […]

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Tiger Village at Grambling State University – “Deal of the Year”
December 11, 2007

The $59.3 million student housing community, Tiger Village at Grambling State University, was awarded “Regional Deal of the Year” for the Southeast by The Bond Buyer newspaper. RISE completed the on-campus student village with development team members Ambling Construction Company, RBC Capital Markets and architect, Niles Bolton Associates.

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Nation’s Largest Privately Funded Student Housing Complex
August 10, 2007

University Commons, the largest privately-funded university housing development in the United States, officially opened at Georgia State University in Atlanta this semester. Developed by RISE in partnership with the Georgia State Foundation Inc., the nearly 750,000 square-foot student housing project is now the on-campus home to 2,000 students.

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Troy University Celebrates a Milestone
July 27, 2007

Troy University officially dedicated two new facilities on its campus Friday including the newest student-housing complex Tiger Village and a Barnes & Noble University Superstore. School leaders as well as key team members of the project cut the ribbon on the $25 million Trojan Village and the $2.5 million Barnes & Nobles bookstore during two back-to-back ceremonies.

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RISE & Ambling Construction Company Join ABAC Officials to Celebrate Progress on New Student Housing
April 13, 2007

The successful achievement of a major project milestone was celebrated by a “topping out” party at ABAC Lakeside on April 13 at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College. Over 200 people attended the event, including ABAC administrators, faculty, staff, and students, construction subcontractors and community representatives from Tifton. Developer, RISE, and contractor Ambling Construction Company broke ground for the new freshman housing community on Oct. 23, 2006.

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