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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.
||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
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
|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.