Buckingham Cos. joined recently with the University of Evansville to break ground on 150 beds of student apartments here on the campus.

Two townhouse buildings will comprise the “Frederick Commons” (between Frederick Street and Weinbach Avenue) and four buildings will make up the “Walnut Commons” (on the north side of Walnut Avenue and Rotherwood Avenue). Half of the townhouses will be complete and available for move-in in August 2013, with others following in October 2013 and January 2014.

The university contracted with Buckingham to coordinate construction and design of the $8.5 million project. "We are thrilled to be a part of the University of Evansville's team in its efforts to provide an enhanced environment for learning, living and community," says Brad Chambers, president and CEO of Buckingham.

The new townhouses are part of UE’s facilities master plan, announced in March 2012, which will guide the University’s building projects and renovations over the next decade. After an assessment of needs, which included interview and focus group sessions with UE students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni, student housing emerged as one of four priority areas. Amenities at the two-story townhouses will include new furniture and appliances, granite countertops and wireless access.

“We’re thrilled to break ground on this project, which represents the next phase of the University of Evansville’s facilities master plan,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “We look forward to offering our students a sophisticated, convenient living experience while enhancing the neighborhood around our campus.”