New Residence Hall to be constructed
November 18, 2005

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A growing student body and increased interest in Bryan College has led trustees to approve construction of a new residence hall, to be open by the time school starts next fall.

Bryan President Dr. Stephen D. Livesay said the college had one of the largest incoming classes in its history this fall, and interest in the school remains high. "We have only a dozen beds open on campus, so it is imperative that we provide rooms for the students we anticipate next year," he said. "Our admissions staff believes the interest prospective students are showing means we easily should equal or exceed the size of this year’s incoming class next fall, so we must be prepared for those planning to come."

Vice President for Operations Tim Hostetler said the new residence hall, to house 120 students, will feature two wings on each of four floors, with 12-20 students per wing, to enhance the community atmosphere of the college.

As a result of two meetings with students and personnel in the Office of Student Life, the building is being designed to have community restrooms on each floor, as do Long and Huston residence halls, Mr. Hostetler said. Each room will be equipped with a sink and mirror and modular furniture including beds, desks, wardrobes and chests of drawers.

To complete the project in such a short time the building will be built with a pre-cast concrete and brick shell, with a more traditional construction inside. "The building shell will be constructed off-site in a manufacturing plant, and brought here on trailers," Mr. Hostetler said. "Then it will be assembled much like an erector set. The time to erect the shell of the building, once the footers are in, is estimated to be 10 days to two weeks. After that, the building is 'in the dry' and we can work in any kind of weather, even 24 hours a day if necessary."

The new building will be located between Arnold residence hall and Summers Gymnasium, facing Woodlee-Ewing residence hall. It will have ground-level access on the first two floors, reflecting the topography of the site.

Dr. Livesay pointed out that the two wings of the building will be angled from its middle, visually defining the northern limits of the campus' center.

With construction of the building the college will lose about 70 parking spaces, so the college has prepared a new parking lot behind the gym. Mr. Hostetler said the first phase of that project provides about 85 spaces, with another 100 to 120 to be added later.

The contractor for the $4 million project is Dillard Construction, Inc., of Dayton, and the architect is The Troyer Group of Mishawaka, Ind.


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