East Stroudsburg University officials have announced that construction of two new student residence halls will begin this month.
The buildings will house 969 students and will be ready for occupancy beginning with the Spring 2012 semester.
The halls will also include a fitness facility, and will become headquarters for campus police and the university’s Residence Life Department.
The existing campus police building is scheduled for demolition as are Hawthorn and Hemlock Residence Halls.
The new residence halls, will be complementary in architectural style to the new Warrren E.’55 and Sandra Hoeffner Science and Technology Center and the Student Recreation Center.
The buildings will be constructed on the northwest corner of Normal and Smith streets.
The site faces Kemp Library on Smith Street and Koehler Fieldhouse on Normal Street.
The property is currently undeveloped.
The $73.6 million project, the first on-campus housing project in almost 40 years, is being constructed by University Properties Inc. (UPI) an affiliated non profit corporation.
UPI also constructed ESU’s University Ridge in 2005 which is apartment-style housing for 541 students on nearby university land just off Brown Street.
ESU has been steadily growing and has a current enrollment of approximately 7,500 students (final enrollment figures will be available at the end of September).
Currently 2,150 students live on the main campus, sometimes in overcrowded facilities.
The rest commute to class from their homes in the community.
The new buildings will incorporate geothermal technology and other “green” features.
Also, in keeping with the newest trends nationally, the buildings will feature one to four student suites with no more than two students sharing private bathrooms.
The buildings will also have state-of-the-art security features and will surround small new attractive outdoor green spaces.
The project is financed with bonds that will be paid off by the fees charged for housing.
The developer, engaged by UPI, is Allen and O’Hara, which builds student housing across the nation.
Project design was completed by WTW Architects, and P Agnes will be serving as the contractor.
Construction will involve changes in traffic circulation and parking on campus.