Montclair State University Opens The Heights

by Katie Sloan

Montclair, N.J. — $211 million, 1,978-bed community is largest ever built in N.J.

Montclair, N.J. Montclair State University (MSU) has opened The Heights, a 1,978-bed on-campus student residential facility developed by Capstone. The Heights, consisting of two separate residential complexes — Dinallo Heights and Machuga Heights — is the largest residential facility ever built in the State of New Jersey, and also is the first public-private partnership construction project to be developed under the New Jersey Economic Stimulus Act.

A $211 million project, The Heights comprises more than 568,000 square feet, as well as 24,000 square feet of dining space. Each complex is organized around a central core, and includes four residential halls and two floors of common areas. Buildings range in height from six to eight stories tall. The project was designed and constructed to following LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines, and is on target to achieve at least a LEED Silver designation by the United States Green Building Council.

Capstone was selected by the University in a national competition in October 2009 to develop and manage the new MSU housing. Capstone’s team members included Baltimore, Maryland-based Design Collective, Inc., and Warren, New Jersey-based Paulus Sokolowski and Sartor, as architects. Terminal Construction Corporation, based in Wood-Ridge, New Jersey, served as the general contractor.

Capstone On-Campus Management, under its “shared governance” arrangement, will provide day-to-day operations of The Heights, with MSU providing student life and residential programming. The new residential facilities are fully occupied for the 2011-12 academic year.


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