Auburn Board of Trustees moves forward with several student housing projects

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The Auburn University Board of Trustees took a number of steps at its Aug. 25 meeting to create new student housing and update current housing.

The board accepted a plan to produce new student housing by 2026. Officials in Student Affairs have been planning such a project since 2019, but with the unexpected closing of Cambridge Hall this fall, plans were accelerated.

The project will be located along the Haley Concourse, where three clinics associated with the College of Human Sciences and the EAGLES program in the College of Education once stood.

Dan King, vice president for Facilities Management, said the new project calls for building one four-story, 125,000-square-foot building on the west end of the property. It will accommodate more than 300 students.

Facilities Management will seek bids for the project in November. King said it will take two years to build, with a projected open date of fall 2026.

The estimated $80 million budget will be financed by university bonds and campus housing funds.

Trustee Mike DeMaioribus, chair of the board’s Property and Facilities Committee, as well as Trustee Elizabeth Huntley and President Christopher B. Roberts, all commended the board for taking such action to support students.

The board also granted final approval for the second phase of the renovation of the Quad Residence Halls, which calls for updating Teague and Little Halls. The project is renovating the Quad’s 10 residence halls over five years.

Approximately 51,320 square feet of existing interior and exterior space in Teague and Little will be updated, with work expected to be completed before the 2025 fall semester. The estimated cost of $22.5 million will be financed by Campus Housing and University Repair and Renovation funds. Harper and Broun Halls were updated in the first phase.

The Village Residence Halls will also be repaired and refurbished. The next phase involves work in Talon Residence Hall to replace flooring, millwork, countertops, mechanical units and furnishings.

Construction is expected to start and end next summer. The project cost of $3.8 million is to be financed by University Housing. Matthews, Aubie and Holloway Residence Halls have been refurbished in previous phases.

Housing rates for fall 2024 will increase by 3% for Auburn and Auburn University at Montgomery.

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