Centre College recently celebrated the construction of its new northside residence hall, set to be completed by August 2019.
The building will have 176 beds, an apartment, study rooms, kitchens, lounge space, laundry, social space and other amenities. The rooms will be large, double rooms in suites or super-suites or pod-style.
The residence hall will have five resident assistants and one residence director who will help assist the community when students move in next fall.
During the ceremony, a number of individuals from the College spoke about the impact of the new residence hall, including Brian Hutzley, vice president and chief financial offer and treasure; Ann Young, director of student life and housing; President John A. Roush; and Hannah Gibbs ’19, a resident assistant.
“We all signed a dry wall with a hope we have for the new residence hall,” Hutzley said. “My word was inclusion.”
Hutzley said he appreciates the intentionality that was taken to make this new facility possible.
“We received a healthy amount of input from our students about their wishes for the residence hall,” he added. “We then took their feedback and applied it to our planning process. We are excited that this new community will help meet the needs of our students.”
Since the new building will provide housing for additional growth of the student body, it gives the College the flexibility to close older housing that can no longer be managed.
“The building does not yet have a name, but once it is complete, the Hillside houses will be coming down,” Young added. “These buildings have just outlived their life-span and are requiring much maintenance attention. We will also be removing students from the quad basement rooms and turning some smaller double rooms into single rooms.
“We are very excited to add this new residence hall to our system,” she concluded. “It will provide another option for building community for our residential student body.”
by Kerry Steinhofer
November 13, 2018