Archive for Monday, September 15, 2008

USM to break ground on new dormitory

September 15, 2008

The University of St. Mary will break ground for a new residence hall in a ceremony at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, on the main campus at at 4100 S. Fourth St. in Leavenworth

The groundbreaking ceremony will include Leavenworth Mayor Lisa Weakly (a graduate of USM), university president Sr. Diane Steele, USM board of directors president Ken Karr, USM dean of student life Lisa Beckenbaugh, USM director of facilities Mark Gieseman, USM student body president Kathryn Schebaum, and Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth president Sr. Sue Miller.

The new $4.7 million residence hall will be built north of Maria Hall and is expected to open in August 2009. The three-story residence hall is the first one built since Maria Hall opened in 1964.

"The state-of-the-art hall will have apartment style units preferred by today's students," Steele said. "This new hall will allow another 100 students to live on campus just minutes from our classrooms."

Most of the units will have four private bedrooms that share a living room, a bath room (with two sinks), kitchen sink, refrigerator, individually controlled heat/AC, cable access and high speed Internet. Each floor will share a laundry room with two washers and two dryers. An 80-car parking lot will also be built next to the hall.

USM will also renovate Maria Hall, which houses up to 208 students. The school's oldest residence hall, Berchmans Hall, which opened in 1931, currently houses 25 students.

Berchmans will eventually be renovated and converted into class and meeting rooms.

Like all projects, USM sought proposals and bids from area companies. The new residence hall project developer is Student Suites of Blue Springs, Mo. The general contractor is Maxam Construction Company Inc., of Bucyrus, and the architect is Hollis and Miller of Overland Park.

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