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University of Miami's Centennial Village in Coral Gables reaches construction milestone, opens 2024

Updated: Aug 16, 2023

Centennial Village, a $355 million innovative student residence designed to house more than 2,000 students, has reached a significant construction milestone as Coastal Construction Group completes the topping-out process. This marks the fourth collaborative project between Coastal and the University of Miami, following previous successes like the acclaimed Thomas P. Murphy Design Studio Building, recognized as the 2018 Building of the Year by World-Architects.

University of Miami's new $355 million Centennial Village that’s designed to house more than 2,000 students just topped out, and opening next year

Comprised of five distinct residential colleges, Centennial Village will uphold the triumph of the First-Year Experience program, incorporating resident faculty members, professionals, and student staff dedicated to enriching the freshman journey. Beyond the provision of double and single rooms, the new residential colleges will feature thoughtfully placed private bathrooms, communal resident lounges, and collaborative academic spaces.

The strategic location of Centennial Village also harnesses the natural beauty and functional aspects of the Coral Gables Campus, seamlessly integrating with the surroundings of Lake Osceola.

Reflecting on the achievement, Thomas P. Murphy, Jr., Founder, Chairman, UM alumnus, and CEO of Coastal Construction Group, expressed his pride as an alumnus of the University and emphasized the personal significance of this project, given his own construction beginnings within a UM fraternity house.

Anticipated to unveil Phase I in the Fall of 2024, followed by Phase II in the Fall of 2026, Centennial Village is poised to redefine the campus living experience at the University of Miami.

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Project Timeline:

  • May 2022: Closure of Hecht Residential College

  • May 2024: Closure of Stanford Residential College and Hecht-Stanford Dining Hall

  • August 2024: Opening of Residential colleges 1 and 2, including the new dining hall

  • August 2026: Opening of Residential colleges 3, 4, and 5

Program Data:

  • Total Beds: Approximately 2,025

  • Residential Colleges 1 and 2: 875

  • Residential Colleges 3, 4, and 5: 1,150


  • Residential Colleges 1 and 2: 310,000 square feet

  • Residential Colleges 3 and 4: 270,000 square feet

  • Residential College 5: 95,000 square feet


  • Residential College 1 (North): 10 floors

  • Residential College 2 (South): 9 floors

  • Residential College 3 (North): 8 floors

  • Residential College 4 (South): 10 floors

  • Residential College 5: 8 floors

Common Spaces:

  • Classrooms

  • Conference and seminar rooms

  • Faculty and staff apartments

  • Two multi-purpose great rooms

  • Collaborative working space for students and faculty in Centennial Village

  • Meditation/reflection rooms

  • Recreation and gaming lounges

  • 600-seat dining facility

  • Music practice rooms

Project Team:

  • University Client: Housing and Residential Life; Division of Student Affairs

  • Architect: VMDO Architects; Zyscovich Architects

  • Project Advisor: Brailsford and Dunlavey

  • Project Manager: Facilities Operations and Planning

  • Builder: Coastal Construction


Thank you to our Community Partners

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