Posted Online: June 29, 2012, 10:37 pm

St. Ambrose campus projects will create 270 jobs in the QC

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By Anthony Watt, awatt@qconline.com

St. Ambrose University is estimating several simultaneous campus capital projects will mean $27 million for the Quad-Cities economy and the equivalent of 270 full-time jobs.

The projects include:

-- A new residence hall;

-- Three new parking lots;

-- A new information technology data center;

-- An expansion of the Cosgrove Hall dining room;

-- Renovations to the Lewis Hall classroom building.

The total costs of all of the projects is $13.5 million. The data center project already is complete, with all of the other projects scheduled to be completed by August.

The new residence hall -- dubbed North Hall -- and the extra parking lots are aimed at addressing Davenport residents' concerns about students parking off campus and living in off-campus apartments around the university, according to St. Ambrose officials.

The four-story North Hall will have room for slightly more than 200 students. Work on the $10 million project began in September 2011.

St. Ambrose already has about a dozen residence halls of varying sizes that can house about 1,275 students, according to the SAU website. The site also lists a number of off-campus houses available to students.

The new parking lots, on the university's western border at Gaines Street, will add another 130 parking spaces, according to St. Ambrose officials. The $600,000 project began in May. The university already has more than a dozen student parking lots, according to its website.

The $1.5 million Lewis Hall renovation, which will add more biology and chemistry laboratories, began in May. The $600,000 Cosgrove Hall dining room expansion is designed to accommodate another 100 students. It also began earlier this year.

Work on the data center, in the basement of the St. Ambrose library, began in February. The project is valued at $800,000, according to university officials.