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New student residence halls underway at campus’ north end signal University’s forward push

Rimrock Devlin Development has started construction on Jacksonville University’s new Dolphin Residence Hall, and has released the first full-color renderings, site plan and interior designs to students and the public.

JUStudentHousing1Dolphin Residence Hall, which will be on land immediately adjacent to the north side of campus, is a 277-bed housing development with four stories and 70,000 square feet, with a total development cost of $12 million. The three-wing building is the first new housing construction development for JU in many years and is part of the school’s redevelopment of old Arlington in conjunction with the City of Jacksonville.

“This project represents a new era for campus life at Jacksonville University,” said JU President Tim Cost. “And it is part of a larger push to create additional attractive amenities for today’s outstanding students – our students.

“Engaging, modern living spaces are an absolute priority for any institution looking to expand and evolve.” JUHousing Interior

The new development represents the best new practices in student housing, including collaborative living space and modern amenities. The first students are expected to move in in the fall of 2015.

“I’m excited to be a part of moving Jacksonville University forward,” said Wallace Devlin, partner, Rimrock Devlin Development. “Along with helping the revitalization of Arlington, this really has been a privilege. President Cost, his team and the City of Jacksonville have been great to work with.”

JUStudent Housing Aerial_Dolphin Residence Hall will consist of student residences along with space for games and activities, laundry facilities, offices, classrooms, study areas and a multi-purpose room. The upper floors include additional living space and study lounges; two floors have a kitchenette. High-tech amenities include fiber optic communications, CAT-6 wiring and cell phone range extenders.

“I’ve been honored to have the opportunity to work with an educational institution of Jacksonville University’s stature,” said Micah Linton, partner, Rimrock Devlin Development. “It has also been incredibly rewarding to be a part of a development that benefits not just the university and its students, but also the Jacksonville community.”

A team of local contractors, multi-family building and design experts are completing construction. Summit Contracting Group Inc. of Jacksonville is the general contractor, PQH Group is the architecture firm, Group 4

Dolphin Residence Hall is the latest addition to upgrades at the University, which include the recent acquisition of 40 acres of riverfront property immediately south of the JU campus, new campus dining options, a new football/lacrosse stadium, improved academic spaces and research laboratories, a new College of Health Science building and a $1.5 million expansion of the River House student center.