East Housing Area: new building 1A & renovation work
The University will begin a multi-year project to renovate existing residence halls in East and Pollock Housing Areas. Phase 1: Work begins in East Housing Area spring of 2016, and will consist of the construction of a new residence hall - Earle Hall, which will be available for occupancy fall 2017. Three current residence halls will go offline - Stuart Hall in December 2016, and McKean and Pennypacker Halls in May 2017. Renovation work will take a little over a year to complete, with all three buildings coming online for occupancy in the fall 2018. --- Construction for a second new building was approved by the Board of Trustees in February 2017. Construction will be begin March 2017, and the building will be available for occupancy fall 2018. --- Phase 2: additional buildings in East will go offline for renovation work. Additional information and building order will be announced at a future date. Once East Housing Area is completely renovated, work will shift to the Pollock Housing Area. --- Features of the project include installation of climate control and individual private-use bathrooms, improved student social and service spaces, and movable student room furniture. Buildings will feature knowledge stations for a collaborative work environment, study spaces, group project rooms, a living room, kitchen, laundry room on the ground floor, and either a quiet room or music practice room (with sound-proof walls). Some buildings will feature a quiet room with a foot-washing station room nearby.
East Housing Area: new building 1B
Approval for a second new building in East Housing Area was received in February 2017. Site prep work has been completed and is expected to become an active work site the first week of April. The not-yet-named building, referred to as building 1B, will be the second new building in East and the third new building constructed that will be available for first-year students. Opening for fall 2019, the building will be a traditional residence hall featuring double-occupancy bedrooms and private bathroom pods. The building will feature knowledge stations for a collaborative work environment, study spaces, a group project room, a living room, kitchen, laundry room on the ground floor, a quiet room and a music practice room (with sound-proof walls).
North Housing Area: new building
A new residence hall - Robinson Hall - was approved for construction in North Housing Area. Construction began in the spring of 2016, and the expected completion date is fall 2017. The new building will provide 310 beds, mostly in double rooms, and private bathroom pods and air conditioning.