January 12, 2011
Ambling University Development Group has a 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, a new 1,000-space parking deck with ground floor retail space. Funding for the project was secured by utilizing tax exempt revenue bonds. Construction work is underway to ensure the on-time and on-budget delivery of 462 beds and the 1,000-space parking deck for August 2011. An additional 468 beds and the remaining construction is slated for delivery in August 2012. Subsequent phases will include the addition of approximately 1,700 more beds and another 2,000 structure parking spaces. The new student hosing communities will feature a centralized two-story entry into each building with an adjacent reception desk and staff offices, a lobby lounge, a game room with online gaming, a central laundry center and a community kitchen. Additionally, Randoplh Hall residence hall will be fully renovated and repurposed to a student student activity and learning center offering SMART classrooms, a computer lab, a cardio fitness center, a gaming lounge, a convenience store and two apartments for visiting faculty and staff. The six-story parking deck will include street-level retail space for the University of Louisiana Credit Unit and Parking Services department. Architects Southwest is serving as the master planner/design consultant, Niles Bolton Associates is serving as project architect, a joint vent between The Lemoine Company and Juneau Construction Co. is serving as general contractor and RBC Capital Markets and Morgan Keegan are providing investment banking services.
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