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July 6, 2004

ULM to Hold After Hours "Building Bash" to Kick Off $50 Million Student Housing Project With JPI Campus Quarters

Demolition of Hudson Hall and Sherrouse Hall to make way for new apartment-style dormitories targeted to open fall 2005

Demolition has begun as the University of Louisiana at Monroe and Dallas-based JPI, one of the nation's leading student housing and luxury apartment companies, embark on a $50 million student living project that will provide new apartment-and suite-style on-campus student housing. Select dorms will also be renovated.

ULM officials will hold an after hours "Building Bash" sponsored by Regions Bank on Thursday, July 15 at 3 p.m. in the University Conference Center on the 7th floor of the ULM library. Everyone is invited.

"Building Bash" Schedule:
3 p.m. Meet at Hudson/Sherrouse site for photo opportunity with ULM, JPI, and Regions Bank Officials. The group will have hard hats, sledgehammers and will make brief remarks.

4-6 p.m. Meet on the 7th floor of the ULM Library for the "Bash." Refreshments will be served.

Demolition of Hudson Hall and Sherrouse Hall will make way for new Art Deco-style apartment buildings targeted to open in the fall of 2005. The suite-style student living project that will replace Olin, Monroe and Slater Halls will follow with occupancy planned for the fall of 2006. JPI Campus Quarters is also providing comprehensive management services on an ongoing basis for ULM's entire on-campus housing program, which totals approximately 1,600 beds, and has already begun meeting with incoming freshmen as they make housing choices.

Along with the housing development, a centrally located park will be constructed on the western bank of Bayou DeSiard, featuring both an outdoor amphitheater and student recreation areas. ULM also has plans to renovate the Student Union Building and the WigWam.

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