YPSILANTI – Eastern Michigan University today (October 20) held a groundbreaking ceremony for a $200 million initiative to transform on-campus housing and create better living and learning environments. dynamic and modern learning for its 15,000 students.

The three-year project, known as “Welcome Home 2025”, will include the construction of two completely new student residences: Lakeview Apartments and Westview Apartments. The new buildings have an additional 700 beds in an apartment-style layout. These new facilities will transform the campus landscape, with the Lakeview Apartments located next to the university’s student center and overlooking the pond and university park. The new Westview apartments will be located between the west side of campus, which includes many of the University’s athletics facilities, and the main campus.

In addition to new construction, Welcome Home 2025 includes renovations to all remaining residence halls on the University campus, with upgrades to include new air conditioning, new bathrooms, and state-of-the-art technology. Several older dwellings will be demolished as part of the plan. These include Best, Brown Munson, Buell, Hill, Hoyt, Pittman and the former Westview Apartments.

“Our students deserve the best, and Welcome Home 2025 will deliver the best,” said James Smith, president of Eastern Michigan University. “This initiative, which is the result of hard work, commitment and feedback from our university community, ensures access to quality, affordable housing that meets the needs of today’s students. This is a critical step for the University and the quality of our student experience, and I look forward to seeing how these new spaces will support student growth and success for years to come.

By design, shared amenity spaces and enhancements will facilitate social interaction and a sense of community, while supporting lifelong learning and general well-being to ensure a successful student population diversified. Planning efforts for the design and operation of the facilities involved an extensive four-month engagement process that included thousands of conversations and dialogue opportunities with faculty, staff, students, organizations, and campus stakeholders.

View a gallery of the latest renderings of the Welcome Home 2025 plan.

“Students are very excited to see this investment in student life and our on-campus experience, and we are proud of the role EMU students have played in getting this project off the ground,” said the body president. student Auryon Azar. “Walking past the construction site reminds us of what’s possible when we stand up for ourselves and work with leaders in our community: we drive progress for everyone.”

Eunice Jeffries, Chair of the Eastern Michigan University Board of Trustees, said, “EMU remains committed to supporting our students and their well-being – inside and outside the University. classroom – and to ensure that all students have access to living and learning environments that help them thrive and call UMC home. . This project allows us to build first-class living spaces that meet the needs and exceed the expectations of our students now and in the future. They deserve it.”

The project team includes Gilbane Development Company as developer with Gilbane Building Company, Michigan-based Clark Construction, and AVB, Inc. as design-builders.

Gilbane Development Company coordinates funding through tax-exempt bonds under a public-private partnership (P3) delivery approach.

“This is a truly holistic campus modernization project, the first of its kind,” said Edward Broderick, President and CEO of Gilbane Development Company. “Through this exciting and productive partnership, we will simultaneously execute new construction, demolition and renovations – an extraordinary undertaking that enables EMU to reinvent the university experience for students for many years to come. At Gilbane, we’ve built a solid track record of success in all sectors over our 150-year history, but it’s in these kinds of meaningful social infrastructure projects that our experience and commitment to community management shines. the deepest.

Lynn Rogien, Area Manager at Gilbane Building Company, added, “We at Gilbane Building Company, along with our development team partners, are excited to bring the Welcome Home 2025 vision to life at Eastern Michigan University. This very important work will transform student accommodation for EMU students and provide multiple opportunities for local business entrepreneurs, including Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) partners. We look forward to providing high-quality, affordable facilities that will enhance the residential experience for EMU students and support Eastern Michigan University’s greater mission as an institution of opportunity for all.

Progressive AE and Mackey Mitchell Architects are the official architects, with minority firm Moody Nolan, Inc. as the associate design architect. Progressive also serves as the engineer for new construction projects, with IMEG as the reference engineer for renovation projects. Rieth Jones Advisors provides advisory services to the University.

For more information on the timeline and extensive campus/student engagement in the design and development process, visit welcomehome2025.com.

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves over 14,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, honors, doctoral, and certificate studies in the arts, sciences, and professions. In total, more than 300 majors, minors, and concentrations are offered by the University’s Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Company; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Social Services; and its doctoral school. National publications regularly recognize UEM for its excellence, diversity and commitment to applied education. Visit the University Rankings and Pride Points websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University’s website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

About Gilbane
Gilbane, Inc., a private holding company celebrating 150 years in business, is one of the oldest and largest family-owned construction, investment and real estate development companies in the world. Gilbane Development Company is the project development, finance and ownership arm of Gilbane, providing a full range of property development and property management services. Gilbane Building Company is a full-service construction services company that provides preconstruction, general contracting, construction management and design-build services on some of the nation’s most complex projects. Gilbane’s public-private partnership group has delivered or has more than $4 billion in P3 projects underway for healthcare, higher education, K-12 schools, and federal/state/municipal clients. Visit www.gilbaneco.com for more information.

About Rieth Jones Advisors
Rieth Jones Advisors (RJA) provides higher education institutions and municipalities with personalized advisory services for the development of facilities, including academic, auxiliary, sports and student life assets. Using a bespoke approach tailored to the project, RJA has advised over $6.5 billion worth of projects, including $1.25 billion in public-private partnerships (P3s) and over 170,000 student housing beds across the campus. With more than 90 institutions and 10 government entities in 25 states, RJA brings value to every interaction, delivering exceptional results and exceeding expectations.

Media contacts:

Melissa Thrasher
Director of Media Relations
Eastern Michigan University
[email protected] | +1 734 487 4401

Stephanie Handfield
Vice President of Marketing
Gilbane Development Corporation
[email protected] | +1 401 456 5456

Lynn Rasic
Vice President, Global Communications
Gilbane construction company
[email protected] | +1 212 822 0319

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