Construction Begins on Site for New Residence Halls
As the university continues to set record student enrollment numbers, the need for on-campus student housing is growing. In response to this demand, the university is building two new five-story residence halls that will house up to 624 students on the site formerly occupied by Guess Hall.
“The addition of residential facilities allows us to not only accommodate our growing freshman enrollment but also allow more of our sophomores and upperclassmen to remain on campus beyond their freshman years,” said Jennifer McClure, assistant director for marketing. “It’s very important to us to include as many of those students in our on-campus communities as possible. They benefit from close proximity to campus resources, dining facilities, and academic buildings, and our freshmen benefit from their leadership.“
The $40 million project began on Sept. 8, with the removal of trees and pavement from the Guess Hall parking lot. In an effort to remain green, ninety percent of the materials removed from Guess Hall will be recycled.
The project is currently in the demolition phase and is set to be completed in the summer of 2016.
“Our new facilities, temporarily named Residence Halls 2 and 3, will offer contemporary housing that includes spaces reserved for student organizations and specialized communities,” said McClure. “A beautifully landscaped courtyard, events pavilion and state-of-the-art media room will enhance residents’ living experiences and provide them with great environments for connecting with the university and their peers. The media room will also be utilized for student housing tours, which are given to prospective students and their families as part of daily campus visits and weekend visit events.”