UCCS Breaks Ground for New Housing Project

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UCCS is expanding its campus with a $74.5 million housing project.

The expansion, taking place at the Village on Alpine Valley, will include space for 515 more students to live in one, two, three, and four bedroom suite-style housing, as well as a new dining complex and academic spaces.

College leaders broke ground on the multi-million dollar project Friday morning. Plans call for the construction to occur in two phases:

The first phase, scheduled to open in Aug. 2015, will include space for 292 students, a new dining hall and additional academic programming areas. A second phase, scheduled to open in Aug. 2016, will include space for 223 more students to live. When completed, UCCS will have space for 1,640 students to live on campus.

"We believe [it] is going to help us in assisting those individuals who are really interested in being at the UCCS campus and pursuing their baccalaureate degree and ultimately even graduate programs," said Susan Szpyrka, Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance.

When it is all completed, UCCS will have room for 1,640 students to live on campus.