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New Residence Hall in Downtown Troy

Rensselaer has launched a new project to convert the former Best Western Rensselaer Inn into a residence hall, giving undergraduate students a new campus housing option in the heart of downtown Troy.

The project will expand undergraduate housing options, while bringing approximately 300 students downtown to engage in the vibrant community of Troy. The new residence hall will be situated at the bottom of the Rensselaer Approach—the granite staircase that symbolizes the connection between the city of Troy and the Institute.

The initiative is the latest step in Rensselaer’s continued investment in downtown Troy. When combined with Rensselaer staff members working in the Rice Building, Gurley Building, and Hedley Building, the addition of the students in the new residence hall will mean that more than 450 members of the Rensselaer community will be located downtown, near restaurants, shopping, cultural events, and other city activities.

New Residence Hall in Downtown Troy
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In the new residence hall, 148 rooms will be used for student occupancy.
“Our investments in the future of the Institute, Troy, and the greater Capital Region continue with this expansion of student housing into the heart of the city of Troy,” says President Jackson. “It is exciting to see how the extraordinary Renaissance at Rensselaer— including the investment of $650 million in new construction and renovation on campus during the last nine years—has contributed to the economic resurgence of Troy and the surrounding area.”

The building will undergo a complete renovation and modernization, including replacement of the building structure and roof, installation of new safety systems, and upgrading of interior furniture and fixtures.

On-site parking will help alleviate congestion in campus parking lots and in on-street parking in the neighborhoods around campus, and Rensselaer will provide continuous shuttle bus service to campus. The residence hall, which will only be used for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, is expected to be ready for occupancy in August 2009.

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