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Ground Broken on New Residence Hall, Further Enhancing Student Life Experiences

August 17, 2011

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has started construction of a new residence hall on campus.  The hall will help satisfy the demand of upperclass students who desire to live on campus.

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  Starting Campus Project: Members of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology's Board of Trustees join campus and community leaders in celebrating the start of construction on a $17-million residence hall on the west side of campus.

The 240-bed, 75,000-square-foot residence hall will be located near the present apartment-style residence hall on the west edge of campus, and provide space for upperclass students who currently must live off campus because of space limitations.  The new structure is planned to be open for the 2012-13 school year.

"This residence hall will address the demand to have more students living on campus," stated Rose-Hulman President Matt Branam.  "This campus is a unique community that's cherished by its students, faculty and staff.  Living on campus helps our students take full advantage of this community.  We want to provide every student with the best campus experience possible."

Rose-Hulman's residence life ranked among the nation's best in The Princeton Review's 2012 guidebook of America's best institutions for undergraduate students. 

The new four-floor residence hall will offer the latest amenities in residence living arrangements, with apartment- and suite-style rooms.  It will be the first structure on campus that meets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certificate standards, and reflects Rose-Hulman's commitment to sustainability on the campus and in its curriculum.  LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built to improve performance in energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts.

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Look Into The Future: The new residence hall will provide housing for 240 upperclass students.  It will be open for the 2012-13 school year.
 
  

Pete Gustafson, vice president of student affairs and dean of students, notes the new residence hall, once available in 2012, will mean that Rose-Hulman will have doubled its campus residence living spaces since 1999.  The college's first apartment-style residence hall, housing 240 upperclass students, was opened in 2004.  Percopo residence hall, for 217 sophomores, was made available in 1999.

"Our student surveys reveal that on-campus living creates a better college experience, improves student retention and graduation rates, and better prepares students for life after Rose-Hulman," Gustafson said.

The construction project, costing approximately $17 million, will be the largest construction project in Vigo County this year.  It will provide a significant economic impact to the Wabash Valley, with as many as 125 workers on site during peak construction periods.  The facility has been designed by Ratio Architects of Indianapolis, while Garmong Construction Services of Terre Haute is managing the project.