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Queens College Breaks Ground on its First-Ever Residence Hall


Phyllis Cohen Stevens
Deputy Director of News Services

(718) 997-5597

Maria Matteo
News Assistant
(718) 997-5593


WHO: Administrators of the college; representatives from CUNY and its Office of Facilities, Planning, Construction and Management; the New York City Housing Development Corporation; the Royal Bank of Scotland; Citizens Bank; TJ Nikel and Associates; Goshow Architects; the New York City Housing Development Corporation; Nixon Peabody; Capstone Development Corporation; the Queens College Student Association and a representative from State Senator Serph Maltese’s office.
WHAT: Official groundbreaking ceremony for Queens College residence hall.
WHERE: On the Queens College campus, south of FitzGerald Gym and north of Rosenthal Library, on the former site of the school’s outdoor tennis courts.

BACKGROUND: The college announced in late April that a contract had been signed with Capstone Development Corporation to build a residence hall on the college’s campus in Flushing, New York. The project is being financed by $72 million in tax-exempt bonds issued by the New York City Housing Development Corporation; no public funds are involved. The building, which Capstone will also manage, will have 506 beds. The expected occupancy date is August 2009. Established in 1990, Capstone Development Corporation specializes in the development and management of student housing nationwide, including City College (CUNY) in Manhattan. Currently it manages over15,000 beds on 19 campises.

In keeping with the college’s commitment to sustainability, the residence hall design is expected to meet LEED requirements for Silver certification. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system is overseen by the United States Green Building Council, which awards certification to structures that prevent waste and conserve energy in measureable ways. LEED rankings are Silver, Gold and Platinum.


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