(Oct. 16, 2018) -- To further enhance the student experience and foster student retention and success, UTSA today announced an ambitious new student housing plan for the Main Campus and additional retail, dining and housing spaces on the Main and Downtown Campuses to support the university’s growing student population.
UTSA will expand its on-campus living experience with two new residence halls. One will allow hundreds more students, particularly incoming freshmen, to live on campus. Additionally, a Residential Honors College will be built to support the specific needs of the university’s honors students.
“Retention rates for UTSA students living on campus are consistently higher than for those who live off campus, especially first-generation students, who make up nearly half of our undergraduate population,” said Kimberly Andrews Espy, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. “Providing more students the opportunity to live on campus—closer to classes, laboratories, libraries, advisors, fellow students and campus amenities—enables greater access to academic and support programs that enhance student success.”
The proposed four-story, 360-bed residence hall dedicated to freshmen will include study lounges, community lounges, community kitchens, laundry rooms, group study areas, a multipurpose/seminar room and a coffee shop. Located at the intersection of Tobin and Brenan Avenues on the UTSA Main Campus, the new residence hall will provide convenient access to the Roadrunner Café and many more on-campus housing amenities and support services.
“The experience of living on campus with peers teaches students skills that are important for their future, such as collaboration, conflict resolution, resilience, and independence,” said Rhonda Gonzales, UTSA interim vice president for student success. “Access to a rich community of live-in professional staff, resident assistants and education programming ensures students quickly develop a sense of belonging that eases their transition into life on campus.”
Construction of the residence hall is expected to begin next fall. Students are expected to move into the 95,000 gross-square-foot structure at the start of the Fall 2021 semester.
The Residential Honors College is the first step in UTSA’s efforts to align its Honors College with the top-reviewed honors colleges in the nation. The new facility will provide a dedicated building for honors students to live, learn and collaborate. In addition to student residence rooms, it will include connected classrooms, study rooms, a maker space, dining and fitness facilities, and event space.
“This is monumental for UTSA,” said Sean Kelly, dean of the UTSA Honors College. “It’s defining the future of the Honors College as we continue our growth as a premier destination for honors students. Providing a customized, integrated campus living-learning experience will enable UTSA to retain and graduate talented students while giving the Honors College a highly visible presence on campus to foster strategic enrollment and student success.”
A Residential Honors College Task Force will work with university stakeholders to determine how the new residence hall will impact the growth and size of the UTSA Honors College. It will then make recommendations for its location and design, based on student needs.
As UTSA prepares to grow to 45,000 students by 2028, it is also making plans to enhance the campus experience through the construction of a vibrant new neighborhood called Roadrunner Village that will benefit the campus community and surrounding neighborhoods.
Located along UTSA Blvd. between Ximenes Ave. and Bauerle Rd. on 20 acres owned by the university, this urban village will offer a mix of market rate housing, retail, casual dining, a grocery store and entertainment venues. Once the first phase is complete, Roadrunner Village will provide an additional 1,000 to 1,500 beds for faculty, staff and upper-class students.
In addition to bringing a much-needed sense of urban walkability to the edge of Main Campus, Roadrunner Village will provide affordable housing to accommodate a growing student population as well as amenities to serve students living in off-campus complexes along UTSA Blvd. The Village’s proximity to the academic core will offer convenience and connectivity for the students, faculty and staff living within its residences.
“As UTSA provides educational opportunities to more students, it is essential that we continue to grow our campus infrastructure to meet their needs and shape the feel of our campus,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy. “Roadrunner Village and the new residential halls represent the next steps in UTSA’s evolution to a nationally competitive research university with a residential focus and a vibrant campus life where students live, work and socialize – a holistic, distinctive college experience fostering a sense of belonging.”
Roadrunner Village will be developed through a public-private partnership. UTSA will enter into a long-term cooperative arrangement with a private developer to finance, build and manage the facilities. As with all university building projects, care will be taken to ensure the project aligns closely with the UTSA Campus Master Plan initiative.
The timeline for the development of Roadrunner Village is still being determined, dependent on the terms of UTSA’s agreement with a developer. The goal is to begin construction as soon as fall 2019.
Integral to the 10-year vision for the Downtown Campus, UTSA is also making plans for a new housing option to enhance student and faculty engagement and bring vibrancy to the near Westside of San Antonio. A new mixed-use residential facility called Cattleman’s Square Residential Tower will stand on the northeast corner of the Downtown Campus’ current footprint.
The public-private partnership will feature two floors of street-level retail, restaurants and services, two floors of underground parking, 10-15 floors of student housing and academic and maker spaces to facilitate experiential learning, entrepreneurship and student success.
UTSA also plans to issue a request for qualifications (RFQ) next month for development of its Cattleman’s Square property.
In honor of UTSA's 50th Anniversary in 2019, the university is hosting Roadrunner Days Spring Edition - two weeks of semester-launching activities built around our deeply held values of student success, student involvement, community service and fun!Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing event (weather permitting).Flawn Building (FLN 2.02.02) and Curtis Vaughn Jr. Observatory, 4th floor of Flawn Building, Main Campus
All UTSA students, faculty, staff, alums & families are invited to march as a unified community. Register here: bit.ly/2TYbHbR. Shuttles will be provided from the Main and Downtown Campuses.Martin Luther King, Jr. Academy, 3501 MLK Dr., San Antonio
UTSA's John Nix invites the community to sing "Amazing Grace" and “We Shall Overcome” at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The intent of this nationwide effort is to honor Dr. King's legacy and to spread a sense of community in the United States.Locations throughout the United States
Opening Reception got exhibit featuring artists Miguel Aragon, Aaron Coleman, Sandra Fernandez, Annalise Gratovich, Marco Hernandez, Kristen Powers Nowlin, & Patricia Villalobos EcheverriaMain Art Gallery, Arts Building (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
Tracy Cowden, Roland K. Blumberg Endowed Professor in Music and chair of the UTSA Department of Music launches the UTSA 50th Anniversary Scholars Speaker Series with Music as Medicine: The Power and Influence of Music on our Health.Radius Center, 106 Auditorium Cir. #120, San Antonio
UTSA African American Studies Program presents this series featuring Walter M. Kimbrough, president of Dillard University.Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus)
The annual event features authentic foods, music, dance, martial arts, shopping, games and entertainment from China, to the Indian Sub-continent, and the island nations of the Pacific. The Festival features two stages, a martial arts demonstration area, children’s hands on crafting area, anime activities, bonsai and ikebana displays, mahjong table and more.UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
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