Construction begins on new student housing at Northern Kentucky University June 3, 2020 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via email Northern Kentucky University in Highland Heights, Kentucky, began construction on a new residential building, the first student housing construction on campus since 2003. The five-story, 77,200-square-foot development will fulfill a need for affordable living space at NKU. More students are choosing to live on campus, and the project will meet the increased demand. The development will house 297 beds in a semi-suite-style. The design will help create a sense of community among residential students with large lounge areas, meeting rooms and a lighted event plaza. The L-shape design establishes a new focal point for the Boothe Residential Village, located along Kenton Drive. The residence hall also features dedicated study hubs and a double-sided kitchen. NKU partnered with Messer Construction Co., a nationally ranked firm that specializes in managing, developing and performing complex commercial construction, to lead the project’s construction. “The Messer-TriVersity team is extremely excited to partner with NKU on this transformational Residence Hall project,” said Nick Rosian, operations vice president at Messer. “We realize the important role NKU plays in shaping the future of our region and are fortunate to play a part in moving their vision forward.” The project is scheduled to open in 2021 and will be the first housing complex to achieve LEED Silver certification upon completion.