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Salisbury University to Break Ground on 750-Bed Student Housing Complex on Rt. 13

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SALISBURY, MD – Salisbury University will break ground on the largest facility in campus history this fall, converting the former Court Plaza Shopping Center and Temple Hill Motel sites on Route 13 into a 750-bed student housing complex.

Comprised of three separate buildings connected by a central courtyard, the first building in the five-story, 323,371-square-foot complex is expected to open in August 2021, with the remaining two following in 2022. Cost is projected between $70 and $80 million.

“Since the SU Foundation, Inc., purchased these properties in 2017, we have been excited about their potential,” said Jason Curtin, SU vice president of advancement and external affairs and Foundation executive director. “One of our goals is to develop a signature facility to mark the arrival into the City of Salisbury and the University from the south. With that objective in mind, we are very happy with the renderings we have seen so far.

“We also are pleased that we will be able to offer this new living space to our students using no state appropriations.”

With over 200 residential units, the facility is expected to feature amenities such as increased green space, a fitness center, bicycle storage and a connecting pathway to the south end of campus. It also will include limited retail areas, providing new options for SU and the community.

The complex will replace the student residential space lost with the University’s pending closure of Chesapeake and St. Martins halls, and eventually Dogwood Village. Built three to four decades ago, that housing is reaching the end of its lifespan, Curtin said.

The co-developers are an affiliate of Greystar Real Estate Partners, a national leader in rental housing and manager of the SU-affiliated University Park student apartment complex, and Gillis Gilkerson of Salisbury.

“We are excited to continue our 18-year partnership with SU and the SU Foundation to create a transformational campus gateway that will elevate the University’s profile and enhance the student experience,” said Julie Skolnicki, Greystar executive vice president for university partnerships.

For the project, the Foundation has been working with the consulting firm Margrave Strategies of Columbia, MD. The architect is Design Collective, Inc., of Baltimore. The builder is Harkins Builders of Columbia, MD. Civil engineering is provided by Becker Morgan Group of Salisbury.

For more information call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website at www.salisbury.edu.


About Gillis Gilkerson

In its 35th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted Construction Management and General Contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new building construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries, including medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, retail and schools. Gillis Gilkerson’s full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turn-key project management, permitting and approvals, property management, marketing, purchase, leasing and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.


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“Gillis Gilkerson seamlessly made the transition from outside contractor to partner in the Animal Health Clinic project. They were proactive about reviewing the plan documents and specifications early in the construction process to make sure there were no problems as the work started. The team made every effort to stay ahead of the curve and even worked on marginal weather days in order to keep the project moving and on schedule. Gillis Gilkerson was just as invested in the success of this project as the Zoo, the City, and the rest of the project team.”

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~ Ralph Piland,
Salisbury Zoo Director

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~ Steve Leonard, MMBA, FACHE
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