Construction on a new, $3.8 million residence hall at Newberry College is expected to begin in June.
The college broke ground on the new facility and officials expect to have the new hall open for occupancy in August 2018.
According to the college, the 22,866-square-foot hall will house 76 students and three resident advisors. It will be located adjacent to Walker Hall which is located on the corner of Luther Street and Wolves Way in Newberry.
“The new residence hall is a welcome addition to the campus housing options available to our students,” said Newberry College President Maurice Scherrens, in a news release announcing the groundbreaking. “Construction of the new residence hall is a crucial step forward in fulfilling our campus housing master plan.”
McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture designed the new facility and Greenville-based Triangle Construction Co. will lead the construction phase of the project. First Reliance Bank provided interim construction financing and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development agency is the permanent lender on the project.
“USDA Rural Development in South Carolina is focused on strengthening our rural communities.” said Michele J. Cardwell, acting state USDA director, in the release. “Providing safe, comfortable and affordable living and educational facilities are essential components of the economic well-being of our rural citizens.”
According to the news release, construction of the new hall is in response to “institutional growth that has stretched campus housing to capacity. The project is an essential first step toward more sweeping overall improvements and upgrades in campus housing.”
“With the combined effects of enrollment growth and retention increases, housing demands will soon exceed our current capacity,” said Sandra Rouse, dean of students. “We have implemented short-term solutions to help us manage, but the 76 new beds provided by the new residence hall will go a long way toward accommodating current and future growth.”
The new residence hall will be a three-story brick and cement panel building that is consistent with the style and beauty of the existing buildings. It will accommodate 79 students across 14 living units. It will feature suite-style, double-occupancy rooms arranged in pods of four, six or eight people with a shared living room, bathroom and efficiency kitchen. Multiple covered common areas and entrances will provide residents with opportunities to study and interact in between classes.
Over the course of this summer Newberry College officials said it will invest an additional $800,000 in cosmetic improvements and infrastructure upgrades to four existing residence halls: Derrick Hall, Cromer Hall, Kinard Hall and Smeltzer Hall.