University of Colorado Colorado Springs leaders, construction contractors and representatives of the CU Board of Regents broke ground late Friday morning on a $74.5 million 515-bed expansion of UCCS student housing.
The first phase of Village at Alpine Valley is scheduled to open in August 2015 and will include space for 292 students, a new dining hall and additional academic programming areas. A second phase, scheduled to open in August 2016, will include space for 223 more students to live. When completed, UCCS will have space for 1,640 students to live on campus.
A 2012 UCCS Strategic Plan identified need to construct more on-campus student housing to accommodate future enrollment growth at UCCS.
About 100 people attended the ceremony.