By Kate Collins
Union has proposed building a three-story, 38,420-square-foot apartment-style residence hall between Roger Hull Place and Park Place, providing upperclassman students with an alternative residential housing option.
The building will consist of fully furnished two-, three-, and four-bedroom apartments, each with a common room, two bathrooms and closets.
The total project is estimated to cost $9 million.
Construction is expected to begin this fall and completed in time for the 2015-2016 academic year.
According to Union, as a residential college, the administration requires all students to live on campus for their “entire time, space permitting. When space is unavailable, a lottery is held in the winter term for rising senior students wishing to be released from campus.”
With the addition of this new housing facility, the number of students released will ultimately decrease.
It is the college’s intent to be completely residential, so this project will move Union closer to that goal.
When Dean of Students Stephen Leavitt was asked why Union is spending money on this particular construction, his response was that the new residence hall is a part of Union’s strategic plan to “improve the on-campus experience of our students.”
He then continued to explain why they chose the specific location of the new dorm. According to Leavitt, the location was chosen because it “is important as a central location for upperclass students living in residences on Hull and Seward. It will also complete a path to College Park Hall.”
Leavitt concluded his comments on the new residential building by stating that “Union is a ‘residential’ college. We believe that living on campus enriches the experiences of our students. This new residence hall expands and enhances our current housing options, providing state-of-the-art living spaces.”