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September 2010

RSU Announces Construction of New Student Apartments


New Student Apartments
Rendering of the new student apartment community on the RSU main campus in Claremore.

Rogers State University will begin construction of a new student apartment community this month, doubling the number of students living on its Claremore campus.

The $11.5 million project will accommodate up to 255 students in a three-level facility and will feature a clubhouse, located across the street from the present university apartments.

“This project will allow us to enhance the traditional, residential environment on the Claremore campus,” said RSU President Dr. Larry Rice. “Additional housing has been one of the university’s greatest needs.”

During the last several semesters, a waiting list has existed for the current apartments, which opened in 2001.

The new apartments will be configured in a slightly different manner than the present complex, said Tom Volturo, RSU executive vice president for administration and finance. The new 92,991-square-foot complex will be located just west of Soldier Field, with a main entrance on Colonel Horne Drive.

The main building will feature one, two and four-bedroom apartments, all with interior entrances linked by corridors. Each floor will feature commons areas, a recreation area and meeting rooms for residents.

The single-story, 5,971-square-foot clubhouse will feature a large conference room, which can be divided into three smaller conference rooms, and a theater room with a large-screen television. The clubhouse also will contain a coffee bar, commons areas and staff offices.

The exterior of the buildings will be covered with red brick, similar to the existing student apartments and other buildings on the main campus.

Construction is expected to be completed and occupancy should be available by next August, in time for the fall 2011 semester, Volturo said.

The design and construction team selected to develop the project is Key Construction of Tulsa, following a competitive bidding process. The design team includes KSQ Architects, Cyntergy AEC and Martin Engineering Design, all of Tulsa.

A second phase of apartments, with capacity for another 250 students, could begin in the next few years, depending upon demand and available financing, Volturo added. Those apartments would be built just west of the new planned facility.

Funding for the new student apartments will be provided by the issuance of bonds through the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education Master Lease for Real Property Program, and institutional funds. The bonds will be retired with revenue generated by the apartments, including rental income.

Issuance of the revenue bonds was authorized by the State of Oklahoma’s Council of Bond Oversight, and the bonds will be sold by the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority.

Students and prospective students may add their names to a waiting list for the new apartments by calling the RSU Office of Residential Life at (918) 343-7789.

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