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Florida A&M University Breaks Ground on New Residence Hall

Florida A&M University recently broke ground on a new, 700-bed residence hall for its campus in Tallahassee, Fla., according to local news. The dorm for upperclassmen is scheduled to open by fall 2025 and will bring the total capacity of beds on campus to over 4,000. The goal of the project is to provide more housing opportunities to FAMU students while offering an alternative to rising off-campus housing costs.

The university announced in February that funding for the project will come from a $97.5-million, 30-year federal loan from the U.S. Department of Education’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Capital Financing Program.

“This is a huge step for Florida A&M University to increase its capacity to house and educate the best and brightest students in the nation.  I am extremely honored to have led the financial and administrative tasks associated with the HBCU Loan,” said university CFO and Vice President for Finance and Administration Rebecca W. Brown. “There was great collaboration among the federal government, the State of Florida, and the University.”

The new residence hall will stand on the site of a former gravel parking lot north of FAMU Towers, another university housing development which was completed in 2020. The residence hall will also include space for 193 parking spaces, according to a university news release.

The university is partnering with FINFROCK Construction, LLC, as the project’s general contractor.

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