RICHLAND, WA. Washington State University Tri-Cities has signed a ground lease with a developer to build its first ever on-campus housing. The 800-bed project, under a ground lease with a developer, will be built in seven phases and follows a 2011 student housing study by The Scion Group including a market and demand analysis, business planning and financial evaluation.

In 2011, Scion assessed demand, campus impacts and financing options for the potential addition of student housing at the three Washington State University branch campuses: Spokane, Tri-Cities and Vancouver. The first phase of the WSU Tri-Cities project will provide 165 beds and is expected to open for Fall 2017.

“We are excited about the opportunities for the WSU Tri-Cities campus to draw students from outside the region and to provide a comprehensive campus feel,” said campus Chancellor Keith Moo-Young. The full project is slated to include a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units, including some intended for families and couples. Planned amenities include a clubhouse, swimming pool, basketball court and other recreational facilities.

Founded in 1890 in Pullman, now home to its main campus, Washington State University operates a statewide system that includes three smaller branch campuses together enrolling approximately 20% of its 26,000 students. As WSU’s most diverse campus, WSU Tri-Cities enrolls more than 1,800 students in 20 undergraduate and 33 graduate degree programs, and offers a 15-to-one student-to-faculty ratio. The over 200 acre campus sits alongside the Columbia River and boasts one of the nation’s three wine sciences centers.

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