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Ceremony Celebrates Construction of New Student Housing for CSUSM

On Tuesday, Nov. 8, California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) will join City of San Marcos officials, project developers Urban Villages San Marcos and property managers Education Realty Trust to celebrate a public-private partnership that is breaking ground on a 175,000 sq. ft. off-campus student housing complex. Named The Quad, the complex nearly doubles the University’s student housing by adding 597 beds to its existing 614 beds at University Village Apartments. CSUSM President Karen Haynes and City of San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond will drive the first nails into structural support beams at a private ceremony held at The Quad construction site at 200 East Barham Drive, San Marcos at noon.The $50 million project is made possible by an innovative public-private partnership between Cal State San Marcos and Urban Villages San Marcos that allows the campus to expand its available housing for students without utilizing tax dollars, impacting campus debt or financing capacity. Builders first broke ground on the project in August 2011. Construction is underway to open the first phase of housing by fall 2012 with 288 beds. A second phase, which will add 309 more beds, is slated to open by fall 2013. The complex is designed and being constructed to achieve LEED Silver designation by the U.S. Green Building Council, which recognizes the sustainability, efficiency and innovation of high performance buildings.Once completed The Quad will include 110 apartment units. Each apartment will feature a full kitchen, stainless steel appliances, a lounge space with a flat screen television, a full bathroom for every two beds and high speed fiber optics connection and WiFi. Common area amenities will include two student lounges, classroom spaces, resort-style pool, barbeque, modern fitness center, game cave, laundry facilities and a catering kitchen. The Quad will also bring local businesses to the complex with 8,000 sq. ft. of retail space on Campus Way.Education Realty Trust (EDR) will professionally lease and manage The Quad.  EDR currently manages 57 collegiate housing communities across the United States including CSUSM’s University Village Apartments.  Media are invited to attend the private celebration ceremony.What: Celebration ceremony kicking off the construction of The Quad, CSUSM’s newest student housing complex which will open its first phase in fall 2012. CSUSM President Karen Haynes and City of San Marcos Mayor Jim Desmond will drive the first nails into structural support beams at the private ceremony.When: Tuesday, November 8, 2011 at noonWhere: The Quad at California State University San Marcos200 East Barham Drive, San Marcos – at the corner of Barham and Campus Way        Directions and ParkingThe Quad is located at 200 East Barham Drive, San Marcos across from Campus Way. Guest parking is available at the Summit Church, adjacent to the site, at 292 East Barham Drive, San Marcos.About California State University San MarcosCalifornia State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. 85 percent of CSUSM’s alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is fifteen miles east of the ocean; just thirty miles north of downtown San Diego.