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Jax Daily Record Wednesday, Dec. 10, 201412:00 PM EST

Rimrock Devlin breaks ground on Jacksonville University residence hall

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Rimrock Devlin Development began construction Monday on the $12 million Dolphin Residence Hall for Jacksonville University.

The 277-bed housing development is part of JU’s pledge to redevelop Arlington in partnership with the city.

“This project represents a new era for campus life at Jacksonville University,” JU President Tim Cost said in a news release.

“Engaging, modern living spaces are an absolute priority for any institution looking to expand and evolve,” he said.

Jacksonville University is at 2800 University Blvd. N. The residential hall is designed as a three-wing, four-story, 70,000-square-foot project. Students are expected to move in to the facility north of campus in fall of 2015.

Dolphin Residence Hall will include areas for games and activities, laundry facilities, offices, classrooms, study areas and a multipurpose room, according to the release.

The upper floors include additional living space and study lounges; two floors have a kitchenette. High-tech amenities include fiber optic communications, CAT-6 wiring and cellphone range extenders.

Micah Linton and Wallace Devlin are partners in Rimrock Devlin Development.

Summit Contracting Group Inc. of Jacksonville is the general contractor; PQH Group is the architecture firm; Group 4 Design is in charge of interior design; and Taylor & White Inc. is the project engineer.

Rimrock Devlin Development and Seagate Construction Group are managing construction.

JU recently bought 40 acres of riverfront property south of the campus as part of its efforts to expand and to help redevelop in Arlington. It is working with the city on area improvement plans.

The private, liberal arts university also has added new campus dining options, a new football/lacrosse stadium, improved academic spaces and research laboratories, a new College of Health Science building and a $1.5 million expansion of the River House student center, the release said.

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