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Boise State in Public/Private Partnership to Build New Honors College Residence Hall

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The Boise State University Honors College building is expected to open in 2017. - BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY
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  • The Boise State University Honors College building is expected to open in 2017.
The Idaho State Board of Education has given the green light to Boise State University to move forward with a unique public/private partnership to build a new Honors College residence hall on University Drive on the site of the former University Christian Church. Boise State officials say they plan on opening the doors to the 236,000-square-foot building in 2017, which will house approximately 650 students, nearly half of them honors students.

The $40 million project would be part of a partnership with Tennessee-based Education Realty Trust, aka EdR, which would build the structure on university-owned land. EdR would own the building and students would lease dorm rooms from EdR. In 50 years, the plan is to have EdR turn the ownership over to Boise State. EdR has similar arrangements across the U.S. It currently owns or manages more than 42,000 student beds across 77 communities.

“We expect this trend to continue,” said Honors College Dean Andrew Finstuen. “Our current Honors residence hall accommodates less than half of the Honors students who live on campus. A new facility will help provide classrooms, community space and additional beds to not only support the Honors College students, but also the university community at large.”

Boise State officials say the university's Honors College saw a 50 percent increase in applications this year.