United Group of Companies will build a 264-bed housing complex for students attending Schenectady County Community College, the county’s top economic development official has announced.
When completed, it will be the first housing complex for SCCC students. The $11.6 million project is expected to be ready for residency in the fall of 2012.
United Group of Companies, based in Troy, will build the four-story, 112,000-square-foot building at 117 Washington Ave., using private financing, said Ray Gillen, commissioner of economic development and planning for Schenectady County and a member of the SCCC board.
Gillen said the college has made construction of student housing a top priority. He said the college continues to attract students with new programs in battery technology, air traffic control, nursing, health care, among others, as well as through its two signature programs in culinary arts and music, both well known throughout New York state.
For the 2010-2011 academic year, enrollment increased 9.5 percent over the previous year.