Now with 56,235 enrolled students, it’s no secret the UCF is growing at an extraordinary rate. On-campus housing has also been growing over the past several years, and that trend does not seem to be changing. This month, the Board of Trustees approved financing plans to add 750 beds, bringing the total to about 6,900 beds upon completion. Buildings will be added to the existing Academic Village and Greek Park communities.
Academic Village is a newer community on campus, housing about 1,600 students. It was completed in 2002. About $33 Million will be spent to add new buildings to the community, adding 670 beds and a total of 208,000 additional square feet. Based on current proposals, I prepared a site plan/rendering of where the buildings could be constructed. In addition, $12.5 Million will be spent to build a 1080-space parking garage adjacent to Libra Drive. It will be constructed on top of a portion of the existing “B15” surface parking lot.
Approximately 80 beds will be added to Greek Park. With the demise of Pi Kappa Alpha’s chapter at UCF (and the ensuing demolition of their house in 2008), an empty lot now sits south of the Zeta Tau Alpha House, across the street from Alpha Xi Delta. The lot is currently being used for student parking. Proposals indicate that two smaller houses will be built on this site, along with a “Greek Life Center” that will provide shared programming space for chapters that do not have facilities on campus. It is my understanding that UCF has already selected the sororities that will occupy the two houses (Kappa Kappa Gamma and Chi Omega).
While this expansion isn’t the long-rumored and delayed “Greek Park II” to be build in the northwest corner of campus, it is a step in the right direction to house the numerous chapters that do not currently have housing options. UCF officials have indicated in the past that Greek Park II will be built when it is “financially feasible” for the university.
The goal for UCF is to have 80% of first-year students living on campus. In total, these projects will cost UCF about $52 Million, and will be open to students in 2012. Maybe we’ll hit the 60,000 students by then?