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Iona College Residence Hall


(New Rochelle, NY – October 15, 2016) – EW Howell, one of the region’s leading education, government, cultural and healthcare builders, joined with faculty, students, administrators, neighbors, community and elected officials at the grand opening of Iona College’s new North Avenue Residence Hall in New Rochelle, NY on October 15, 2016.

Located at 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle, the seven-story, 100,000 SF residence hall includes nearly 7,000 SF of retail space on the ground level. The upper six floors include accommodations for 310 students in suite-style apartments with no more than four students per suite. The new Residence Hall is designed to provide apartment-style living, including living rooms and cooking/laundry facilities as well as common areas to meet the needs of upperclassmen.

The North Avenue Residence Hall increases the quality and quantity of residential housing options for Iona students while helping to revitalize the North Avenue section of New Rochelle., The project was designed by Studio Hillier Architects and was completed on budget and in time for the new academic year in August 2016.

More than 300 students have moved into the new residence hall, which features two- and four-bedroom air-conditioned suites equipped with LED lighting and high-speed internet. Each 750 SF suite has one and a half baths. The southern and eastern faces of the structure boast a glass wall tower housing multi-purpose lounges on each floor, and the tower’s top floor offers sweeping views of the Iona campus, New Rochelle and the Long Island Sound.

The early reviews have been great, with students commenting the new residence hall has the “vibe of an upscale apartment in the city” and is “like living in a really nice hotel.”

“Iona College is working hard to be a good neighbor to our good neighbors,” President Joseph E. Nyre, Ph.D., stated as the project began. “This new residence hall is a groundbreaking development on North Avenue for both Iona College and the City of New Rochelle. We celebrate our partnership with New Rochelle, in the spirit of positive town-gown relationships – working together to move our corner of the world.”

“Throughout our 125-year history, we have developed a deep understanding of the complex environment of the education sector – whether it’s public, private, higher-education or specialty – the challenges of building within each area are unique and need to be dealt with effectively,” said Jack Hagen, Vice President of EW Howell’s Education Construction Division. “With multiple regulatory bodies to deal with, strict budgets and firm deadlines to contend with, choosing a partner that knows the sector is an absolute must. From beautiful new residence halls such as the new Iona North Avenue Residence Hall to stadium-style auditoriums to state-of-the-art research laboratories, our hand-picked education sector teams are always ready for the next challenge.”

EW Howell has become one of the partners of choice for some of the Tri-State area’s leading educational institutions, including Columbia University, Cornell University, the State University of New York and the NYC School Construction Authority, among others. Recent projects include the Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University, and a new 105,000 SF public school in Brooklyn on behalf of the NYC School Construction Authority.

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