Corvias Completes 3 Student Housing Buildings in Durham

The on-campus facilities add more than 1,200 beds to the institution’s residential inventory.

George Street Residence Complex. Image courtesy of Corvias

Corvias has completed three on-campus student housing buildings in Durham, N.C., totaling more than 1,200 beds. The new development will serve students at North Carolina Central University.

With an estimated cost of $124 million, the project included the replacement of some 400 existing beds and the addition of more than 800 beds, according to North Carolina Central University’s website.

The new residential buildings bring the institution’s housing inventory to roughly 3,300 beds, which is still 321 beds below the number of on-campus beds needed, according to NCCU’s Student Housing Analysis.

Vines Architecture led the architectural effort, while Metcon was the general contractor for the development. The project also included an almost 60 percent engagement of local subcontractors, minority-owned enterprises and historically underutilized businesses.

As the student housing market continues to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one of the biggest challenges for developers is choosing the right location, where demand is greater than supply.

Corvias is providing affordable residential options that enable students to become more engaged in the university community, while solving the housing shortage at NCCU, Tim Toohey, the company’s managing director, said in a prepared statement.

NCCU project details

Alston Avenue Apartments. Image courtesy of Corvias

The final project consists of the 378-unit George Street Residence Complex, the 454-unit Lawson Street Residence complex and the 372-unit Alston Avenue Apartments. The first two communities comprise semi-suite floorplans and two-double-bedrooms apartments, respectively. Units at Alston Avenue Apartments encompass four single bedrooms each with two bathrooms, a kitchen and in-unit laundry facilities.

Students also have access to a 7,300-square-foot dining facility within Lawson Street Residents. Community amenities include a multi-purpose room, computer station, as well as vending machines.

Located at 640 George St. #509, 884 E. Lawson St. #760 and S. Alston Ave., the communities are within walking distance of NCCU’s main hall and within half a mile of O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. The city center and downtown Durham are 2 miles away from the communities, offering students easy access to dining, retail and entertainment options.

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