July 27, 2007
The new student housing complex is the largest building project ever initiated by the University
TROY, Al., 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.
Dr. John Schmidt, senior vice chancellor for student services, opened the ceremony. Charles Perry, president of RISE, was the featured speaker. Troy student, Kurt Lee led an invocation, followed by comments from Mr. Charles Nailen, a Troy University trustee and chair of the Troy University Foundation. Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins Jr. had remarks and made a number of presentations.
Situated on six acres of land on the campus’ western edge, Trojan Village offers apartment-style living arrangements in either two or four-bedroom suites. The new four-story complex will add 524 new beds to the campus.
Each suite consists of shared bathroom facilities, a kitchenette, and private bedrooms, in addition to a common living room area. Rooms are replete with high-tech amenities such as wireless high-speed internet and cable television connections. The complex includes a convenience store, fitness center and a student lounge.
Owned by the Troy University Foundation and leased to the University’s housing office, Trojan Village was designed and developed by RISE of Valdosta, Ga. Whaley Construction Company of Troy served as the general contractor on the project.
Ground was broken on Aug. 4, 2006 for the project. Students have started moving in and are giving the new dorms high marks.
Charles Perry, president of RISE, which designed the new dorms, said during the ceremony that the new facilities improve the attitudes of student on campus.” In my opinion, nothing increases the tempo and raises the enthusiasm on campus like new, state-of-the-art student housing,” Perry said.
Chancellor Jack Hawkins Jr. said the new the new dorms and bookstore improve the quality of life for students living on the campus. He said research shows that students who live on campus have a better chance of succeeding academically.
Students are now moving in for the fall 2007 semester.
Comprised of experts who partner with universities throughout the country, RISE is well equipped to achieve the greatest vision and value for each client. Led by Charles Perry, president and Greg Blais, senior vice president, RISE provided development services for Tiger Village and has developed over 20,500 beds totaling over $1 billion in development.