Illinois State University is unveiling the new Cardinal Court apartments. The dedication of Cardinal Court comes just two weeks after the decommissioning of Atkin-Colby Hamilton-Whitten residence halls. ISU President Al Bowman says the new housing is move-in ready for sophomores on up in time for the fall semester as planned.
"I'm excited the project got done on time. I was a little worried with the tight time frame but we not only got it done on time but it's really exceeded our expectations. It's high quality housing. I think it will be a good recruitment tool for new students and it's just another great asset for the university."
The total cost of the endeavor is just shy of $60 million. Cardinal Court originally began as housing for World War II vets and their families.
The new apartments will house about 900 students. The fully-staffed, alcohol-free, secure housing will provide students with a variety of fully-furnished floor plans, theatre-room, cafe, gym, lounge, and two recreational courts for sand volley ball and basketball. The new complex also features energy star appliances, permeable concrete in the parking lots, and nearly 200 new trees to make it environmentally friendly. It'll cost students about $7,000 a year to live there.
Bowman says the new housing provided an opportunity for the community and the University to work together.
"For some the term collaboration is just a politically-correct cliche. In the case of Cardinal Court, without the teamwork and commitment of so many individuals, this project could not have been brought full-circle so quickly, so efficiently and so beautifully."
The building project's leaders say the apartments will provide an enhanced college experience for students. Move in begins August 16th.
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