EdR Goes Into The Woods at Northern Michigan U

Scheduled for completion in 2018, the $75.4 million public-private partnership will create 1,229 beds on the Upper Peninsula campus.

By Adina Marcut

The Woods

The Woods

EdR has completed the first phase of The Woods, a $75.4 million student housing community on the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette.

Students recently moved into Birch Hall West and Cedar Hall West for the fall semester; their counterparts, Birch Hall East and Cedar Hall East, are expected to be ready for occupancy next year.

A public-private partnership, The Woods is the largest construction project ever undertaken by the Upper Peninsula institution. EdR is leasing the project sites from the university as well as funding construction under its ONE Plan program, and will own the properties. Detroit-based Walbridge is serving as construction manager; Neumann/Smith is the project architect.

350 KSF project

All told, the 1,229-bed project consists of about 350,000 square feet in six buildings and is on track for completion in 2018. Common-area amenities will include:

  • free Wi-Fi
  • classrooms
  • study rooms
  • TV lounges
  • laundry facilities
  • patio with fireplace
  • The Lodge, a 24-hour multipurpose room 

“When we began this relationship with Northern Michigan University in 2016, we were struck by how dedicated the entire campus was to modernizing and revitalizing the on-campus housing for current and future students,”  said EdR CEO Randy Churchey in a statement. “From student recruitment and retention, to graduation and academic success rates, we’ve seen first-hand what an impact high-quality on-campus housing can make for a university, as well as its students.” 

Image courtesy of EdR

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