John Jokerst, senior vice president, Carter
With the second phase slated for completion later this month, the largest student housing project in the school’s history is well underway at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. Carter’s Program Development Services Higher Education team serves as program manager for the approximately $100 million project that consists of nearly 2,000 beds and a new parking deck.
In August, Carter completed Phase One of the project. This was comprised of Baker Hall, a newly constructed 462-bed resident hall, and Oliver Parking Tower, an 850-car parking deck. Students moved into the facility at the beginning of the school year and are enjoying suite-style living, community kitchens, on-site washers and dryers and game rooms. Later this month, a second 468-bed residence hall, Huger Hall, will be finished. Students will move in January 2012.
Phase Three is already under construction and scheduled for delivery in August 2012. This part of the project is taking place in the historical Rose Garden section of campus and includes the construction of two new residence halls that will bring 882 beds online. An additional 122 beds are being renovated in Harris Hall and swing space is being updated in both Randolph Hall and Buchanan Hall.
Before the project started, UL Lafayette only had the ability to house 11 percent of its student body, as opposed to peer institutions, which typically house 20 percent or more of their student bodies. The new construction and renovations have transformed UL Lafayette’s campus living experience and housing capacity. The project has created individual neighborhoods on campus for freshmen and sophomore students, with close proximity to classes, dining facilities, the new student union and other campus services and amenities. The new and updated facilities will address both current waiting lists as well as recruitment and retention objectives for the university.
To learn more about how Carter’s Campus Innovation team could help your college or university, please contact John Jokerst.