Partnership for UB Residence Hall

Partnership for UB Residence Hall

Collaboration Driving Development of Residential Facility

A novel partnership between University of The Bahamas (UB) and Providence Advisors Limited will drive the construction and operation of a multi-million dollar residential facility at the Oakes Field Campus.

President of UB Dr. Rodney Smith signed the contract with the CEO of Providence advisors during a press conference held on 19th October 2016.

The 1000-bed facility is intended to be a living-learning centre that will house a cafeteria, fitness centre, swimming pool, study rooms, additional classrooms, retail spaces, a ball room and a parking deck.

“We are building for the future of this country and that’s what this residential hall is. This is a Bahamian-led, public-private partnership. What that means is that we believe in ourselves, that we can accomplish whatever we set our minds to do,” said Dr. Smith.

“This building is also going to allow us to begin recruiting international students and others who have visited this campus and want to come back as students as well. We are indeed excited about the fact that we are making a transition that’s changing this institution, but also changing the lives of many people and its actually putting a feather in the cap of The Bahamas globally.”

Newly established through an Act of Parliament and chartered on 10th November 2016, University of The Bahamas is steadily transforming its Oakes Field Campus from a commuter to residential campus with robust campus life, student-centered activities and commercial activities with spill-over effects into the surrounding communities.

Deputy Chair of the UB Board of Trustees Mr. Lowell Mortimer, OBE, and Chair of the Investment Committee echoed President Smith’s sentiments as he endorsed the collaboration model that is advancing its development.

“Students will enroll from our archipelago, from the Caribbean and, as we anticipate, from every continent.  The residential facility at University of The Bahamas will become our major tool for creating a global campus,” Mr. Mortimer said.

He envisages that the facility will be another “iconic” structure on the campus and one of the investment committee’s “signature” projects.

An alumnus of the institution, Mr. Kenwood Kerr, CEO and President of Providence Advisors Limited further explained that the multi-purpose, modern facility that will be constructed at the Oakes Field Campus is vital.

“We have aligned the project to be compatible with the University’s leadership so as to promote the maximum development of its most valuable resources, its students,” Mr. Kerr said.

Providence Advisors was selected to construct and operate the facility after a competitive bidding process.

Mr. Curtis W. Clerkley Jr., Principal of the Clerkley Watkins Group, Inc. Architecture Planning Interior Design added that, “students will feel like this is their home.”

Construction of the UB Oakes Field residential facility is anticipated to commence in 2017.