Gilbane Tapped for Bay Area Student Housing Project

The community will host as many as 400 residents in both single and family configurations.

Ohlone College’s Newark development. Image courtesy of Gilbane Development Co.

The Ohlone Community College District has partnered with Gilbane Development Co. for the construction of a 400-bed student housing community in Newark, Calif. The project is part of Ohlone’s affordable student housing initiative.

The public-private partnership follows a P3 project financing structure, with the developers planning to apply for funds under Senate Bill 169 -Affordable Student Housing Budget Investment.

Expected to break ground in the fall of 2023 and slated to welcome its first residents in 2025, the project will encompass a mix of studios, as well as one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments with fully furnished kitchens. Community amenities will include high-speed internet, study spaces, laundry facilities, indoor and outdoor community spaces, as well as a childcare center and student counseling services. Gilbane Building Co. is the project’s general contractor, with PBK + Mogavero Architects leading the design efforts.

Located on a 15-acre site at Ohlone College’s Newark Center for Health Sciences and Technology campus, the community will be within a mile of Balentine Plaza and less than a mile from numerous dining and retail options available at Newpark Mall Road. Fremont city center is less than 3 miles from the project, as well.

Gilbane’s Public Private Partnership Group portfolio includes $4 billion in P3 projects dedicated to students, health care, K-12 schools and federal clients. The firm’s student housing division comprises 27 properties and more than 20,000 beds in various stages of development. Just recently, Gilbane opened TEMPO, a 978-bed student housing community in College Park, Md., adjacent to the University of Maryland.

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