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Rocklin, Calif.-ย– William Jessup University has doubled its on campus housing capacity by completing the first phase of a $25 million expansion project announced in July 2008.

The university welcomes incoming students for the fall semester on Aug. 10 by opening the doors to its new student apartment complex, located on the 128-acre Rocklin campus. 

‘One of the reasons that we moved from our small campus in San Jose to Rocklin was to be able to accommodate more students on campus,’ William Jessup President Bryce Jessup said. ‘These student apartments meet that goal, allowing us to enhance our student’s educational experience and have room for continued growth.’ 

The upscale student apartments mark the first completed milestone in the expansion phase. 

‘This is the initial step in seeing this campaign through to fruition,’ said Jessup who simultaneously announced the public phase of the university’s Capital Campaign and his retirement, slated for May 2010. ‘It is my hope to finish this race strong and opening our student apartments as planned means we are on track.’ 

The state-of-the-art, 192 bed apartment building contains 24 total apartments, each with four fully furnished bedrooms and two baths. The eight-person suites are approximately 1,420 square feet in size. 

Apartment amenities include a full kitchen with new appliances, wireless internet and basic television service, central air and heating, a 100 space, two-story parking garage, multiple laundry facilities, and a courtyard with ample room for community gatherings and barbeques. 

The project broke ground early last August and was completed just one year later. This undertaking exudes remarkable project management expertise from myriad levels,’ said Gene De Young, Jessup’s Vice President for Finance and Administration.  ‘We were ahead of schedule and on budget. I can’t ask for anything more.’ 

Reeve-Knight Construction Inc. served as the chief contractor for the project. Taylor Teeter Partnership in Fresno is the architectural firm that expedited the venture and is credited with strategically preserving the original conversion of the Herman Miller Furniture factory, designed by renowned architect Frank Gehry, to the existing campus design. 

The new apartments blend favorably with the aesthetics of the adjacent converted buildings in the nearby village area of the campus.

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