by News Bureau on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 14, 2013 – New and returning students will move into a recently completed residence hall on the north end of the Southeast Missouri State University campus starting Aug. 22.
“The new residence hall is a very popular choice for our students, both new and returning, and the residence hall will open full this fall,” said Dr. Bruce Skinner, vice president for Student Success and the director of the Office of Residence Life.
The $24.5 million facility features a suite-style design and learning communities. Learning communities are themed floors in which students are surrounded by other students with similar academic interests and career goals. Specialized programming is conducted by staff and faculty from particular academic areas with the goal of helping students succeed in the classroom. The new hall’s four learning communities are science, business, education and environment-sustainability.
In October 2011, the Board of Regents approved a contract for architectural and engineering services to design the 262-bed residence hall on the north end of campus in order to address Southeast’s expanding student population.
“The opening of the new residence hall is the result of more than two years of work,” Skinner said. “These efforts focused on meeting the demand for on-campus housing that for two years required the University to maintain a partnership with Candlewood Suites to meet the demand for on-campus housing. The new residence hall provides additional capacity to the residence hall system allowing all students who want to live on campus the opportunity to remain on the main campus.”
Construction of the building was completed this summer. Suites in the residence hall consist of offering two double-occupancy rooms connected by a shared entrance and bathroom. The building also has common recreation and laundry facilities as well as an outdoor patio area.
New Hall is located on the east side of Greek Drive, and is adjacent to the Otto and Della Seabaugh Polytechnic Building and the Marvin Rosengarten Athletic Complex, and is near Robert A. Dempster Hall. It is the closest residence hall to the Student Recreation Center-North and Student Aquatic Center. The site includes tiered surface parking spaces. Students will be able to park either in the lot to the north of New Hall or in one of the perimeter parking lots, according to Skinner.
In addition to the construction of the new residence hall, improvements have been made to dining options at Southeast to serve the growing student population. Along with the University Center and Scully additions, improvements to the Towers Complex dining area have been made to expand seating capacity and enhance food service options there.
“The additional capacity and redesigned food service area at Towers provides more seating for students, an improved layout for allowing large numbers of students to have access to the dining area, and office space for the dining manager and the nutritionist in the dining area to provide better access to these professionals for our students,” Skinner said.
Kathy Mangels, vice president for finance and administration, said the growth of the campus had placed pressure on Chartwells, Southeast’s dining services provider, to address the existing volume and the scheduled opening of the new residence hall on the north end of campus this fall had as well.
Southeast shared in the cost of various improvements with Chartwells, which agreed to fund $3.34 million with the University contributing $800,000 towards the projects. The University portion included the cost of the architectural and engineering services contracted directly by Southeast.
The Board of Regents approved $29 million in bonds in December 2011, the proceeds of which are funding the project, along with a new chiller and boiler plant at the Show Me Center that was needed to help absorb the load of the new residence hall in that location.