Howard University, Corvias Complete $35.5 Million Renovation of Howard Plaza Towers, Open Campus Barbershop

by Katie Sloan

Washington, D.C. — A public-private partnership between Corvias, Howard University and Howard Dormitory Holdings 1 LLC has completed the $35.5 million renovation of Howard Plaza Towers, a 327-unit residence hall.

The 10-story development was originally built in 1988, and is home to more than 820 students. Renovations included a modernized fitness center; the addition of a gaming and recreational room and living-learning group and program event space; updated mail and parcel space; new management and hall support staff offices; state-of-the-art technology; expanded community space; improved study lounges; and the addition of Grab & Go, which offers quick meal options for residents on-the-go. Units also received significant upgrades and modifications.

The partnership also recently opened an on-campus barbershop offering grooming services, training and mentorship to students. The new amenity is located at Charles Drew Hall, and offers students haircuts and grooming services at no charge from licensed barber and Howard University Alumnus LaMont Russell. Corvias will manage the operations of both Howard Plaza Towers and the campus barbershop. Construction is currently underway on renovations at East Tower by Corvias with completion scheduled for next fall. 

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