JSU, Choate Break Ground on New Student Housing Facility
May 1, 2023
Jacksonville State officially broke ground on Monday on a redevelopment initiative aimed at bringing the 140-year-old university into a new era. The University partners with Choate Construction to build its new student housing facility on campus.
Alumni and members of the community gathered on the site of the future North Village Residence Hall to see the Board of Trustees, President Don C. Killingsworth, Jr., the President’s Cabinet, members of the JSU Foundation Board and other dignitaries kick off construction during a “Campus Transformation Celebration.”
“Jacksonville State is experiencing unprecedented growth,” Dr. Killingsworth told the crowd. “With this growth comes the need to invest in the future of the university. Our students need places to live, enjoy their meals and take part in campus life.”
Approximately 70 percent of these projects are directly related to improving where students live, eat and study. Through the support of the JSU Foundation, the university is realizing its strategic plan while modernizing its campus infrastructure.
Jewelishia Johnson, SGA president, thanked the administration for creating facilities that put “students at the forefront” and “meet all the needs of students.” She said, “The university is creating space for us as we grow and on the behalf of the students.”
The Choate project team constructs the North Village Residence Hall, located adjacent to Crow, Patterson and Sparkman Halls. This will be the first new residence hall built on campus since Meehan Hall opened in 2010. It will add 513 much-needed beds to university housing in shared suites consisting of two double occupancy bedrooms with two bathrooms in each unit. The architect is Niles Bolton & Associates and the developer is RISE: A Real Estate Company.
Construction is now underway and expected to be completed by Fall 2024.