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New residence hall to overlook University’s Prince Athletic Complex

June 14, 2016

artist rendering of residence hallConstruction will begin this summer on a new 72,000 square- foot residence hall on River Campus overlooking the University’s Brian F. Prince Athletic Complex. Planned to house 151 first-year students, its design integrates academics, athletics, and student life into the residential experience. It is scheduled to open in fall 2017 as a modern, air conditioned facility, which will also target LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) designation for sustainable construction, operations and landscaping.

The top four floors of residential space will feature single and double bedrooms. Lounges on these levels will have ceiling-high windows to maximize sunlight. The main level will be dedicated to academic and student life services with meeting rooms and offices. This space will include meeting rooms for study groups and workshops, and offices that will be available for health professions, as well as career, academic, fellowship and STEM advising.

“The academic and student services located right in the residence hall will help us support students in a way that is more integrated with their lifestyle, including offering evening and weekend hours for these offices,” said Richard Feldman, dean of the College.  “The addition of this residence hall will also help to free up space for upperclassmen in the housing system, enabling us to meet our goal of housing over 80 percent of our students on campus.”

Combining housing and athletics

The lower field-level of the building will feature new varsity athletics locker rooms for men’s and women’s teams, as well as sports medicine and team equipment rooms.

“This new facility will more effectively support existing varsity program needs with adequate locker rooms, training rooms and an equipment-issue area commensurate with current standards for programs of our size and scope,” said George VanderZwaag, executive director of athletics and recreation.  “Built in 1930, the ground floor space within Fauver Stadium currently used doesn’t meet these needs for the number of varsity teams currently sponsored by the University, and was not designed to provide any space for women’s programs given that women did not reside on the River Campus at that time.”

The new residence hall will be a housing option for first-year students, adding to the first-year housing and programming in the adjacent Susan B. Anthony Hall. With its proximity to the Prince Athletic Complex, it can also efficiently be used for summer camps, programs, and conferences.

The concept for the project is by Ayers Saint Gross, Architects and Planners, the same firm that designed O’Brien Hall, which opened in 2012 on River Campus. The design build team is The Pike Company in association with SWBR Architect.

The Prince Athletic Complex—made possible by the generosity of University Trustee Brian F. Prince, ’86, ’89S (MBA)—includes Fauver Stadium, North Field, Lyman Outdoor Tennis Center, and Towers Field.

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