The current configuration of the east campus housing area consists of three 17-story, very densely populated, high-rise towers. Aging facility infrastructure, outdated floor designs, resident density, and the negative impact on student recruitment are reasons to replace the high rise-towers. Built in the late 1960’s, the towers were designed merely as residential units. Today, on-campus housing is central to the academic success of our students and is purposefully designed to foster community, encourage engagement, and facilitate a living learning environment that supports academic achievement.
In developing a long range plan, a consulting firm was retained to update the Housing Master Plan through an evaluation of all Housing facilities. The consultants recommended that the University replace the three high-rise residence halls with four 5-story, 2-wing and 3-wing residence hall structures through a phased approach to address the University’s needs.
The University seeks to solicit a public-private partnership for design, financing and construction of up to two residence halls. Further Board approval will be required to award the contract in accordance with the Board of Trustees policies.