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 Windward Commons Opens Its Doors to Freshmen

Windward Commons Opens Its Doors to Freshmen

August 30, 2010


Armstrong Atlantic State University (AASU) welcomed more freshmen this month with the opening of its latest student housing development, Windward Commons.

Completed over the summer, the 569-bed residence hall brings the number of students living on campus to over 1,400.

The $31 million, two four-story wings, which are connected by a lobby, offer private and semi-private suites, card access-only entrances and elevators and includes a game room, two full kitchens, two classrooms, wireless Internet, indoor and outdoor social areas and a 527-space parking lot. But what makes Windward Commons special is it is the first residence hall on campus built specifically for freshmen students and offers programming tailored to help freshmen adjust to university life.

For the first six weeks, programming is being implemented by AASU's Student Affairs Division to help Freshmen connect with the university, bond with each other and diminish homesickness. Ongoing programming includes fitness and wellness, education, honors and science and technology engineering and mathematics. Several faculty members and residential staff are dedicated to working with Freshmen to help give them the best possible start. Students are encouraged to interact with faculty members outside the classroom, take courses together and participate in special field trips, research activities and social programs.

Windward Commons is a result of a new requirement that began this school year in which freshmen must live on campus. The UHS development team, which was project managed by Rob Tharpe, LEED AP, helped AASU make this requirement possible by completing the construction of the facility nearly six weeks ahead of schedule. The significant time and budget savings enabled the following additional campus enhancements to be made:

According to Dr. Vicki MCNeil, AASU's Vice President of Student Affairs, "It was probably the smoothest construction project we have ever done at Armstrong Atlantic . . . It more than met our expectations."*

AASU’s Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, Bill Kelso, cites team consistency throughout the project as a key reason for Windward Commons’ success.

“We as a university worked directly with the individuals who were initially presented to Armstrong,” said Kelso. “[key team members] have been here regularly to oversee the project to ensure our continued success and most importantly for me help instill and maintain confidence for all involved. This process has insured a clear path of communication and most importantly, developed a high level of trust.”

UHS has worked with AASU for 10 years, having developed AASU’s two other student housing phases: Compass Point 1&2. In total, these projects represent 1,133 beds.


*Source: "Smooth-Sailing Windward Commons Creates Campus Enhancements For Armstrong Atlanta by Hardin Construction Company, LLC"; http://www.1888pressrelease.com/smooth-sailing-windward-commons-creates-campus-enhancements-pr-234008.html

About UHS:
UHS has been enriching the lives of students through unparalleled campus development projects since its inception in 1992. As the campus development partner of colleges, universities and their Foundations throughout the nation, UHS provides at-risk development, project management, design, construction and financing through an expedited approach that yields significant benefits for both clients and their students. With offices in St. Petersburg and Atlanta, UHS has developed over 20,000 on-campus student housing beds, along with activity centers, swimming/diving facilities, banquet/dining halls, parking decks, central energy plants and research centers, always on time or ahead of schedule. For more information, Email or call us at 888-847-8326 (UHS TEAM).

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