[IMGCAP(1)]IRVINE, CA-The University of California at Irvine has kicked off construction of a new $221 million, 1,763-bed project that is being developed for the university by American Campus Communities of Austin, TX. The new development “will allow UC Irvine to lead the University of California system in the percentage of student population housed on campus,” according to a statement by the university. The project, which is scheduled to open in the fall of 2010 will enable UCI to move closer to its 50% on-campus housing goal.

The new housing is the third project at UCI for American Campus Communities, which developed and now manages two phases of housing totaling 3,052 beds. One project is Vista del Campo, which opened in 2004; the other is Vista del Campo Norte, which opened in 2006.

Wendell Brase, administrative and business services vice chancellor for UCI, says that the university believes the three combined phases of UCI’s student housing “represent the largest privatized student housing project in the US whether measured by residents, dollars or square feet.” A chief goal of the projects is “transforming commuters into residents,” Brase says.

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