Warner University announces the construction plans for a state-of-the-art, 100-bed dorm on campus, with a groundbreaking ceremony taking place on December 1. Construction is scheduled to be completed by August 2016.
The 35,000 sq. ft. dorm is developed by Mainstreet® of Carmel, Indiana. Mainstreet, a national real estate company known for its award-winning transitional care properties, is now expanding into student housing with a new arm called Vita™. The new arm of Mainstreet encompasses the investment, development and management sides of student housing.
“Our mission at Mainstreet continues to be transforming lives, and as a result, we look at businesses where there is great opportunity to effect change and real need for innovation,” said Zeke Turner, founder and CEO of Mainstreet. “When you look at the similarities between the health care and student housing products nationwide, there is tremendous potential for us to make an impact with Vita.”
This first phase of the multi-phased development project, represents a $5.5 million total community investment. Planning has already begun on the second phase of the project at Warner.
“The traditional college dorm model is going by the wayside in favor of more unique housing options on campus,” said Justin Farris, director of development at Vita. “This particular project at Warner will give students a blend of the academic and social cultures and environments they want, and in turn, keep them on campus longer.”
“We believe that residential life can be an integral part of the overall college experience,” says Dawn Meadows, dean of students at Warner University. “The positive relationships, memories and skills built through dorm life impact a student for a lifetime. It is exciting to be a part of this season at Warner University.”