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EW Howell Celebrates Grand Opening of New Residence Hall at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY North Ave

By EW Howell
Oct 20, '16 1:36 PM EST

EW Howell Celebrates Grand Opening of New
Residence Hall at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY North Ave. Project a Hit with Students, Faculty,
Administration, Neighbors and Community Leaders as National Education Construction Leader Completes 
Another Tri-State Development on Time/Budget

(New Rochelle, NY – October 19, 2016) – EW Howell, one of the region’s leading education, 
government, cultural and healthcare builders, joined with faculty, students, administrators, 
neighbors, community and elected officials at the grand opening of Iona College’s new North Avenue 
Residence Hall in New Rochelle, NY on October 15, 2016.

Located at 715 North Avenue in New Rochelle, the seven-story, 100,000 SF residence hall includes 
nearly 7,000 SF of retail space on the ground level. The upper six floors include accommodations 
for 310 students in suite-style apartments with no more than four students per suite. The new 
Residence Hall is designed to provide apartment-style living, including living rooms and 
cooking/laundry facilities as well as common areas to meet the needs of upperclassmen.

The North Avenue Residence Hall increases the quality and quantity of residential housing options 
for Iona students while helping to revitalize the North Avenue section of New Rochelle., The 
project was designed by Studio Hillier Architects and was completed on budget and in time for the 
new academic year in August 2016.

More than 300 students have moved into the new residence hall, which features two- and four- 
bedroom air-conditioned suites equipped with LED lighting and high-speed internet. Each 750
SF suite has one and a half baths. The southern and eastern faces of the structure boast a glass 
wall tower housing multi-purpose lounges on each floor, and the tower’s top floor offers sweeping 
views of the Iona campus, New Rochelle and the Long Island Sound.

The early reviews have been great, with students commenting the new residence hall has the
“vibe of an upscale apartment in the city” and is “like living in a really nice hotel.”

“Iona College is working hard to be a good neighbor to our good neighbors,” President Joseph E. 
Nyre, Ph.D., stated as the project began. “This new residence hall is a groundbreaking development 
on North Avenue for both Iona College and the City of New Rochelle. We
celebrate our partnership with New Rochelle, in the spirit of positive town-gown relationships –
working together to move our corner of the world.”

“Throughout our 125-year history, we have developed a deep understanding of the complex environment 
of the education sector – whether it’s public, private, higher-education or specialty – the 
challenges of building within each area are unique and need to be dealt with effectively,” said 
Jack Hagen, Vice President of EW Howell’s Education Construction Division. “With multiple 
regulatory bodies to deal with, strict budgets and firm deadlines to contend with, choosing a 
partner that knows the sector is an absolute must. From beautiful new
residence halls such as the new Iona North Avenue Residence Hall to stadium-style auditoriums to 
state-of-the-art research laboratories, our hand-picked education sector teams are always ready for 
the next challenge.”

EW Howell has become one of the partners of choice for some of the Tri-State area’s leading 
educational institutions, including Columbia University, Cornell University, the State University 
of New York and the NYC School Construction Authority, among others. Recent projects include the 
Northwell School of Medicine at Hofstra University, and a new 105,000 SF  public school in Brooklyn 
on behalf of the NYC School Construction Authority.

Founded in 1891, EW Howell is a well-established and nationally recognized General Construction and 

Construction Management firm with offices in Manhattan and on Long Island, providing construction 
services throughout the region to a diversity of clients including retail, education, government, 
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