New Residence Hall Planned

New Residence Hall Planned

By Stephen Gawlik
Staff Writer

Design work recently began on a new Lower Campus residence hall that will house 300 undergraduates, part of a multi-pronged effort by the University to provide more student living space on campus.

The building, which will be located between St. Ignatius Gate and Walsh Hall, will include spacious suite-style living quarters designed for four, six or eight students per suite, a student lounge, study areas and laundry facilities.

Representatives from the Boston firm Einhorn, Yaffee, Prescott Architecture & Engineering are working with Residential Life administrators on plans for the new hall. Associate Vice President for Facilities Management Thomas Devine said that preliminary work is expected to begin in June, with the project's completion scheduled for the winter of 2004.

The new residence hall is a key component in the University's master plan, which calls for 800 additional beds by 2004.

As part of the plan, other residence halls on the Chestnut Hill and Newton campuses are undergoing major renovations to increase their capacity. The first phase of the project, entailing the addition of 236 more beds to residence halls on Upper Campus, was completed in August. Also, a section of the Keyes South residence hall on Newton Campus was transformed into living quarters for 37 freshmen following relocation of the University infirmary to Cushing Hall on the Chestnut Hill Campus last summer.

The second phase of the plan is now underway, with the start last month of another renovation project that will add 131 beds through the construction of attic dormers in four residence halls on the western edge of Upper Campus and a new connector building between Fenwick and Xavier halls. Devine said the work should be finished by mid-August.

 

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