Rocklin’s highest building unveiled at William Jessup

By: Lauren Weber, The Placer Herald
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William Jessup University recently unveiled a new on-site student apartment complex that has the trait of being Rocklin’s tallest building. Standing at five stories, the complex includes three stories totaling 24 apartments atop a two-story, 100-space parking garage. The building was unveiled Monday as the first phase of a $25 million expansion project that was announced July 2008. The complex now doubles the previous on-campus housing available for students. “One of the reasons that we moved from our small campus in San Jose to Rocklin was to be able to accommodate more students on campus,” William Jessup University President Bryce Jessup said. The first turn of dirt for the project began last August and was unveiled in time for school to start Aug. 26. WJU junior Greer Gable said she was anticipating living in the new quarters. “I’m so excited,” she said. “It really allows us to have the freedom of being off campus,” while still knowing what’s going on on campus. Gable called it a “unique blend” of benefits to apartment living, like being able to cook in her own kitchen, but still having the option to have meals prepared for her at the cafeteria. Transfer student Breanna Mastropoalo plans to live in the new apartments with six girls. As a junior, she said she didn’t want to live in the dorms or off campus. The new complex provided a “happy medium” for her. Plus, “they look really nice,” she said. The apartments, designed by architectural firm Taylor Teeter Partnership in Fresno and contracted by Reeve-Knight Construction Inc., duplicate the look of the university buildings, designed by architect Frank Gehry. The modern campus includes metal panels, which are carried out through the apartment complex. Each room can accommodate eight students and is equipped with furnished bedrooms with desks, Corian counters in the full kitchen, wireless Internet, central air and heating and laundry facilities and a community courtyard for barbecues on-site. “These are so beautiful, my wife and I are considering being dorm parents,” Jessup said during Monday’s introduction. Lauren Weber can be reached at