September 12, 2011

RSU to Dedicate New Student Apartments Sept. 19

Rogers State University opened the doors of a new student apartment complex this fall, almost doubling the university's on-campus housing capacity.

A dedication ceremony will be held for the University Village B apartments at 5:30 p.m., Monday, Sept. 19. The public is invited to attend. A reception will follow and tours of the new building will be given. Light refreshments will be served.

"We are sincerely excited to dedicate the new student apartments," said RSU president Dr. Larry Rice. "Rogers State is a growing university with a tradition of academic excellence and community involvement. As more students reside on campus, that tradition will benefit from even more vibrant campus activity."

The new 92,991-square-foot complex is located just west of Soldier Field, with its main entrance on Colonel Horne Drive. The $11.5 million project accommodates 255 students in a three-level facility and features a clubhouse.

The main building features one, two and four-bedroom apartments, all with interior entrances linked by corridors. Each floor features commons areas, a recreation area and meeting rooms for residents. The building contains 99 two-bedroom units of 473 square feet, featuring a living area, kitchenette and bathroom; 12 four-bedroom units of 1,148 square feet, with a living room, kitchen and two bathrooms; and nine one-bedroom units of 361 square feet, with a living room, kitchenette and bathroom.

A laundry facility is located on the first floor.

The single-story, 5,971-square-foot clubhouse features 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 contains a coffee bar, commons areas and staff offices.

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

During the last several semesters, a waiting list has existed for the University Village A apartments, which opened in 2001. That complex accommodates 248 students in four adjoining buildings and features recreation and meeting rooms, a swimming pool and sand volleyball court.

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