Roadrunner Place is the Next Step for Dalton State
May 27, 2015
Dalton State is about to take another step to move toward a more traditional four-year institution by constructing new campus housing.
The demolition of the old housing units – the former Wood Valley apartment complex – for the new housing will be Monday, June 1 at 10 a.m. at the College. The public is invited to attend a brief ceremony which will conclude with a bulldozer razing two of the old apartment buildings to make way for the new housing. Parking for the event is available off George Rice Drive in the lot with the parking deck.
The new housing complex, to be called Roadrunner Place, will have 365 beds and will be four stories. There will be laundry areas on each floor, as well as several commons spaces, game rooms, kitchen areas, an outdoor patio, outdoor fire pit, and a covered veranda. The building will have one-, two-, and four-bedroom semi suites with semi-private bathrooms. The architect is Collins Cooper Carusi and the construction is being done by Winter Construction. It will be open for occupancy fall semester 2016.
“The facility has been designed with students as the first priority in regards to safety, versatility, innovative furniture solutions, connection spaces, and community living,” said Natalie Bates, director of residential life. “A strong residential program is key in advancing Dalton State’s shift to a more traditional four-year institution. We have worked hard to build a solid residential program within our facility limitations, but this new facility will help us to move from good to great. We will have the appropriate spaces for residents to connect and a building that compliments community and individual development. Roadrunner Place will be the new home for our Roadrunners, a place that they can be proud of and new potential students can get excited about.”
The project is included in the first phase of the University System of Georgia’s Public-Private Partnership (P3) initiative for on-campus housing at nine of the System’s campuses. The first phase includes 6,195 existing beds and will add a total of 3,733 beds. Corvias Campus Living, the private partner, will maintain the housing for 65 years.
“As research shows, on-campus student housing is integral to one’s college experience,” said Jimmy Scott, portfolio director for Corvias. “Lessons learned in college extend beyond the classroom and library to help shape individuals for the future. We’re proud to provide Dalton State students with a quality environment that caters to both academic and personal development. And since this development can take many different forms, we’ve equipped this housing to be flexible in student demands. We want this to truly be their space.”
Providing safe, affordable, and quality housing for students is a priority for the University System. The P3 initiative allows the University System to meet those goals.
“It is an on-going challenge to build and finance large projects such as student housing and keep costs affordable,” said Jodi Johnson, vice president for student and enrollment services. “We are always looking at ways to keep costs down and still provide a quality education and student services.”
Dalton State will continue to provide residence life services and security while working closely with Corvias to ensure students have a positive campus living experience that is conducive to academic success.