Sept. 10, 2004 • Volume 13 Number 1
Doors Open on Newest Residence Hall
BC continues efforts to provide more student housing on campus
The opening of a new Lower Campus residence hall this semester has brought Boston College closer to fulfilling a vital commitment to its neighbors and the City of Boston.
Completion of the residence hall, located on 110 St. Thomas More Hall Drive near the St. Ignatius Gate entrance, caps a busy and productive summer for the University's Facilities Management division that wrapped up some 100 campus projects.
"It's an absolute masterpiece," said Vice President for Facilities Management Thomas Devine. "It's a state-of-the-art building that rivals any of the other residence halls on campus."
The new residence hall is the penultimate step in the master plan BC filed with the City of Boston, which calls for the addition of 800 beds on campus. A renovation and reconfiguration of the residence hall located at 66 Commonwealth Avenue will be the final piece of the plan. The extra beds will enable BC to house on campus 85 percent of its undergraduates, a greater percentage than any other college or university in the city.
"We've made a lot of progress and we're happy to report this project came in on time and on budget," said Devine. "Completing this residence hall is an important step for Boston College and it's the result of a lot of hard work by a lot of people."
The building has six and eight-person suites and accommodates 309 students, six resident assistants, a residence hall director and a resident minister. Its spacious lounges will be used for studying, special events and programs and socializing, and its sixth floor features a gathering space with skylights in the ceiling that allow for natural lighting.
"It's a very student-friendly building, it's bright, it's airy and open," said Director of Residential Life Henry Humphreys. "The students really love it. They say it feels like a hotel."
Each suite includes bedrooms with new furniture, a furnished common room, two bathrooms and a kitchenette. The building is wired with the very latest voice, data and cable network technology.
The building's external façade is designed to blend architectural influences already apparent in neighboring Vanderslice Hall and St. Ignatius Church. The building has been adorned with attractive landscaping elements and is bordered by an iron fence.
"It's a great looking building," said Humphreys. "It really gives you a nice impression when you come on to Lower Campus." •