American Campus Communities and Arizona State University Deliver New Model for Greek Living with the Greek Leadership Village
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Arizona State Univeristy is leading the way in innovative on-campus student living, and their newest addition is no exception. The University celebrated the grand opening of the Greek Leadership Village with partner American Campus Communities (ACC) Tuesday evening.
More than 250 students, University representatives, and project team members attended the event, where Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell, ASU President Michael Crow and ACC CEO Bill Bayless gave remarks commending the project.
“I am here today not as the governor, but as a very proud Sun Devil,” said Ducey, an Arizona State Univeristy alumnus and Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity member. In his remarks, the Governor encouraged students to live in the Greek community and get involved in their fraternities and sororities. "The skills that I learned as pledge trainer, rush chairman, treasurer, then president of my fraternity — these are skills that I not only applied in my career at Procter & Gamble and that built Coldstone Creamery, these are the skills I use every day as governor to convene leaders inside the community, bring them together, set a vision, chart a course, pick the right people and build consensus. All that is available to you in the Greek system, in addition to the relationships that you can build."
Fraternity and Sorority life has played an important role in the ASU campus experience for more than 85 years. The University’s Greek-lettered organizations continue to move forward as the largest membership based, multi-faceted community on campus, with 76 fraternities and sororities currently active on campus, of which more than 25 fraternities and sororities are culturally-based organizations with Latino/a, African-American, Native American, Asian American, and LGBTQA focuses.
The Greek Leadership Village is the result of a student-led process that got its start in 2012, when Greek student representatives approached University leadership with a desire to have a more robust residential living experience on campus. Throughout the development process, ASU leadership and Greek Life students worked closely with American Campus Communities to deliver their vision for the community.
The finished project unifies Greek Life and the University in a vibrant, on-campus community, setting a model for the future of the Greek residential experience. The $69.6 million project comprises 27 uniquely designed fraternity and sorority houses, outdoor community courtyards, and a 33,000 square foot community center in a six-acre site located on the ASU campus.
“This project is representative of a massive forward step for Arizona State University in student governance, in student design, in student leadership and in the new emergence of new student leaders,” said ASU President Michael Crow.
The 957-bed, purpose-built community is made up of three and four-story townhomes, each ranging from 19 to 41 beds. Each townhome includes a communal kitchen, lounge space and patio on the ground floor, with a balcony and residential bedrooms and bathroom on the upper floors. The project also includes grassy courtyards with lounge areas, picnic tables and barbecue grilling stations, and a community center that features offices for the Greek Life staff and governing council, meeting rooms, 300-person ballroom, and study space. With amenity spaces welcoming to all Greek Life groups, and a project location purposefully placed in the heart of the campus, the community is designed to foster a collaborative, unified campus experience among residents, Greek chapters, and the ASU community.
“The Greek Leadership Village is yet another example of ASU’s innovative approach to the on-campus student experience,” said ACC CEO Bill Bayless. “We are honored to work alongside President Crow and the ASU team to deliver unmatched communities Where students love living – all using our ACE transaction structure at no cost to the taxpayer.”
The Greek Leadership Village transaction was structured under the American Campus Equity (ACE®) program, which gives universities the opportunity to expand and modernize their student housing offerings without the use of university financial resources. Under the ACE program, ACC delivers high-quality student housing at lower development costs and operating expenses as well as affordable rents to residents, without the use of taxpayer or university funds, which allows universities to dedicate their capital to educational and research facilities.
Getting its start in 2008, the Arizona State University-American Campus Communities partnership has delivered more than 7,700 beds and more than $544 million in unmatched, innovative, purpose-built student communities – all using ACC’s equity financing, without the use of University funds or taxpayer dollars. The partnership has transformed the on-campus student living experience at ASU, creating unique communities that are all united in a vision to create modern communities that are designed to foster academic and personal success.
For more information on Arizona State University, visit www.ASU.edu, and for more information on American Campus Communities, visit www.americancampus.com