On Wednesday, Sept. 7, Rowan University held a ceremonial ribbon cutting at Holly Pointe Commons, a new residential building. Construction began in June 2015 and was completed just 14 months later, in time for the Fall 2016 semester.
Holly Pointe is the result of the University’s first-ever public-private partnership for on-campus housing. Rowan entered into an agreement to construct the building with University Student Living of Marlton, New Jersey, a division of The Michaels Organization, and Provident Group-Rowan properties LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Provident Resources Group, Inc. Erdy McHenry Architecture of Philadelphia led the design team, with Torcon as construction manager.
“Holly Pointe Commons was an ambitious project that was accomplished due to all the stakeholders’ willingness to adhere to strict deadlines and to accelerate the decision-making process,” says University Student Living President Joe Coyle. “It is a textbook example of how the University, city government and private industry worked together to achieve something great for the students, campus and surrounding community.”
The new 303,000 sq. ft. facility provides 1,415 beds for freshmen, sophomores and transfer students. Holly Pointe Commons comprises a four-story building and a seven-story building connected by a bridge and features a 550-seat dining hall and a grab-and-go café. Rooms are organized in community-style pods that include a mix of student bedrooms, lounge and study spaces, bathrooms and laundry rooms. The buildings’ façade is constructed of metal panels with large windows throughout. Community lounge areas are floor-to-ceiling glass.
Holly Pointe Commons incorporates sustainability throughout, and is minimally targeting LEED Silver certification. The team commissioned a local artisan to create massive wooden benches that are situated around the complex and were constructed from black walnut and white oak trees removed during construction.
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