March 30, 2017
LIVONIA, Mich. – In response to increased demand for a residential university experience, Madonna University leaders have developed plans to expand the school’s residence life offerings over the next five years.
“The residential experience has always been important at Madonna University,” said President Michael A. Grandillo, Ph.D. “We’re growing, and our academic programs are attracting students from greater distances. More and more students want to have the residential college experience. In fact, we’re short some 100 beds for next year’s incoming class of students.”
The first phase of the $8 million project involves construction of two residence halls on the northeast corner of campus near the current University Center housing. Madonna’s capacity for residential students will increase from 300 to 450. In addition, the new residence halls will provide the latest in student-housing amenities that will enhance students’ campus living and learning experience. The buildings are designed to attract students by creating a unique living situation that is not common among traditional higher education offerings.
Designed with freshman and sophomore students in mind, the first building – to open this August – will accommodate 98 total beds in a mix of private, and semi-private rooms. The three-story residence hall will feature two sections on either side of a common student lounge and dining area on each floor. The fully-furnished bedrooms will include private closets, and desks for each student. The residents on each floor will share private bathrooms, common laundry space, and common lounge space that includes a full kitchen and seating area.
The second building will be an apartment-style residence hall designed for juniors and seniors who want to remain on campus. It will provide room for 57 beds within a three-story building at approximately 21,000 sq. ft. There will be 11 suites that can house five students each in private bedrooms. Also included on the 1st floor would be an apartment designated for a housing coordinator and a one-bedroom resident assistant room. Student suites will share a full kitchen, living room, and two full bathrooms. Each suite will be fully furnished. You enter the suite through a shared lounge area to help promote interaction among residents. There will be common laundry areas and space available for various club meetings, studying and recreation.
After submitting a Request for Proposal to some 10 different companies, Madonna University has partnered with University Housing Solutions (UHS) for these new buildings. Based in Powell, Ohio, UHS has more than 30 years of experience in developing student housing projects. From site selection, planning and financing, through construction, UHS provides full-service support throughout all phases of the project.
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