Ground Breaking/Beam Signing for New ‘Ville Housing
August 26, 2013
Work is underway on the first phase of the new living-learning communities on the Millersville University of Pennsylvania campus and the official groundbreaking ceremony, which will include a beam signing, is set for September 11, 2013 at 4 p.m. The first phase will be complete in time to accommodate students for the fall 2014 semester and will include 709 beds in two buildings.
According to Dr. Aminta Breaux, vice president for student affairs, “The Millersville University living-learning communities will further engage students in an active co-curricular learning environment. The message that we give to our students from the first day they arrive to the University is that learning opportunities are everywhere—in the classroom, on the campus and in the community; and the living-learning communities will provide a rich and deep learning experience to help students connect their areas of study to their important role as a member of a community.”
“The living-learning communities will provide a rich and deep learning experience to help students connect their areas of study to their important role as a member of a community.” Dr. Aminta Breaux, Vice President for Student Affairs
Crews began demolishing a parking lot on the south end of the residential quad of campus following the spring commencement in May to prepare for the actual construction. Phase one includes 188,272 square feet and will be 267 units with a mix of single and double occupancy semi-suites and full suites. The project is being financed through tax exempt bonds issued by Student Services, Inc. RISE is managing the project and the development team, which includes Benchmark Construction and Lord, Aeck and Sargent Architects.
“Each wing of the community was closely coordinated to create living clusters which range from 24 to 44 resident beds around a centrally located resident assistant (RA),” said Jeremy Doss, vice president at Ambling. “Each of the clusters has a unique unit mix and bed capacity and allow for maximum flexibility in accommodating varying types of living/learning communities.”
“Resident safety and security were key elements in the facility’s design,” said Roger Bruszewski, vice president finance and administration at Millersville. “We listened to our students closely through multiple focus groups and surveys when we were in the preliminary design stages.”
Highlights include central points of access into the community with adjacent reception desks, multiple electronic access control points and camera monitoring. Phase one includes a 150-person Great Room which overlooks the South Quad, recreation rooms, community kitchen, laundry rooms with adjacent lounges as well as central gathering lounges with separate meeting rooms on each floor.
Students are reminded that Hobbs Residence Hall will be demolished immediately following the fall 2013 semester. Students who are assigned to Hobbs Hall during the fall 2013 semester will be reassigned to another residence hall for spring. Those students who need to be relocated will have priority in selecting a suite in the new/replacement housing facility for the 2014-2015 academic year.
This project marks the first phase of Millersville’s commitment to replacing all 2,200 on-campus beds with modern, suite- style accommodations while maintaining a consistent bed capacity.