Press Release for Wednesday, October 24, 2007
UNF Breaks Ground on New Osprey Fountains Residence Hall
Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
As the University of North Florida continues to grow, so does the demand for more student housing on campus. As part of the University’s 35th anniversary celebration, ground was broken today on a new residence hall, Osprey Fountains, which will be located on the eastern ridge of campus near Kernan Boulevard.
“The construction of our newest residence hall, Osprey Fountains, certainly continues to move UNF from a commuter campus to a residential campus,” said UNF President John A. Delaney. “Academics are an important part of being a college student, but the college experience should be more than that. Living on campus can help make a student’s college experience complete.”
When UNF opened its doors in 1972, there was no on-campus housing. Osprey Village, the first housing complex on campus, opened in 1985. Presently, there are more than 2,200 on-campus residents living in a total of five residential complexes.
The new five-story, 365,000-square-foot building will have space for 1,000 students. Osprey Fountains will offer single and double room suites with two bathrooms and high-speed data access in each bedroom.
“Residence Life is very excited about the opening of Osprey Fountains. This new housing complex will provide our students the rooms and amenities to ensure a positive living and learning experience,” said Lynn Hendricks, director of Residence Life.
The cost of the student housing project is approximately $86 million. The infrastructure includes parking facilities for 1,000 cars, a new access road—Osprey Ridge Road—retention ponds, walking trails and a walkway connection to the main campus.
Tentative plans for UNF’s newest residence hall also call for a swimming pool, tennis courts and a convenience store with a grill, as well as resident lounges with cooking facilities, game room, fitness center, laundry facilities and meeting space for programs and activities.
The Haskell Company of Jacksonville is the design/build team for the new residence hall, which is scheduled to be completed in the summer of 2009. For a fly-by video animation of the project, go to http://www.unf.edu/dept/facplan/projects.html and scroll down to student housing.