UNCG dorm construction on track

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Spartan Village, UNCG's on-campus housing for upper class students, is said to be complete for 500 students to move in this fall.

On March 15, Highland Hall caught fire during its construction, pushing back its opening date for students until January.

The other three remaining units, Lee, Union and Haywood Hall are in their final stages of construction and furnishing.

Housing and Residence Life Director Tim Johnson said, in addition to fire in March, excessive rain has pushed back pavement and cement installation by a month.

"They were able to do a lot of the framing off-site in a warehouse and they put it in blocks and bring it on to campus, so it made it [construction] a lot faster, "Johnson said.

The two and four bedroom apartment buildings are fully furnished complete with a love seat, ottoman, entertainment center and 40 inch flat screen TV. The kitchen has granite counters with self-closing drawers.

Once construction is complete, the entire complex will share an exercise fitness room, cafe and gaming room.

For students who ride their bike to class there is an indoor bike rack room that holds 50 bicycles.

Johnson said compared to the other standard housing units on campus, Spartan Village will be more sustainable with controls on HVAC and lighting.

Once fire inspection is complete, Johnson said they are hoping to gain silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification for their sustainable building efforts.

Approximately 400 parking spaces will be built for the students to use, but Johnson said out of all their students only 22% have a vehicle on campus.

Construction crews will turn over Spartan Village to the University by August 1. The official move-in date for students in August 14.

The cause of March's fire is still under investigation.