USD community celebrates Coyote Village with Open House

VERMILLION, S.D. -- The University of South Dakota celebrated Coyote Village, The U’s new apartment-style residence hall complex, with an Open House at noon on Thursday, Sept. 2.

The open house included a ribbon-cutting ceremony along with remarks by USD President James W. Abbott and Curt Fowler, a vice president with Ambling University Development Group (AUDG). Food, refreshments and entertainment were also provided throughout the afternoon.

Developed by AUDG, Coyote Village has 175 units with 550 beds, including two- and four-bedroom options for students. Each fully furnished unit also has 42-inch HD televisions and hardwired Internet access to each single-occupied bedroom while wireless Internet access is available throughout the building. The complex is located just south of the DakotaDome on the USD campus. Additional amenities include a 15-seat theater room complete with a 110-inch screen and surround sound system; a gaming room complete with Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii gaming systems; a business center; a central laundry facility; a convenience store; and multiple lounge areas for students. Apartment units feature full kitchens with refrigerators, a microwave, range stove and a sink while super suite units are equipped with kitchenettes, including full-sized refrigerators, a microwave and a sink.

Students moved in to the $26.8 million, 195,708 square-foot residence hall last month as construction was completed this summer. Coyote Village and all new construction projects at USD, major renovations included, are designed with sustainability in mind and meet requirements for LEED Silver certification, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. Coyote Village, it was announced during the open house Thursday, meets LEED Gold certification standards.

“Coyote Village is great addition to the USD campus providing our students with their own personal space in a community atmosphere,” stated James L. Parker, dean of students at USD. “We are excited about Coyote Village and what this new facility means to our students in terms of giving them resources to help them pursue their academic and personal goals.”

Funding for Coyote Village is being provided by bonds paid for by lease revenues. More information about Coyote Village and USD Housing is available at www.usd.edu/housing.