December 6, 2011
Fort Wayne, Ind.—The Indiana Tech Board of Trustees has approved construction of the university’s eighth residence hall in 2012 to accommodate enrollment growth and increased demand for student housing on the Fort Wayne campus.
“We’ve been very successful in increasing our undergraduate enrollment and improving the scope and quality of activities on campus,” said Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, Indiana Tech president. “The result is that each year we have more students who want to live on campus, and we are committed to meeting the needs of those students through additional housing.”
Enrollment in Indiana Tech’s traditional undergraduate program has nearly doubled in the past six years, from 633 in fall 2005 to 1,137 in fall 2011. This will be the fifth consecutive year that the university has constructed a residence hall to accommodate the growth, and the project will bring the total campus housing capacity to 610.
The 30,000-square-foot building to be constructed on Washington Boulevard between Walter and Schick streets will house 95 students, including three resident assistants. It will share the exterior look of the existing Warrior Row residences, but the new building will offer suite-style housing intended for freshmen rather than the townhouse-style units designed for juniors and seniors.
“The Warrior Row townhouses are an excellent option for our older students who want to balance independence with the convenience of living on campus,” Snyder explained. “This new residence hall offers a more traditional campus housing experience for our freshmen while continuing our efforts to develop the Washington Boulevard corridor both as part of our campus and as an entry to downtown Fort Wayne.”
Each suite in the three-story residence hall will house two students and will include a bedroom and bathroom. The two-story lobby area will include a fireplace and other spaces for students to gather, and the building will have laundry facilities and vending machines.
The estimated cost of the project is $4.3 million. Site preparation will begin in January 2012, with construction slated to begin in February. The residence hall will be completed in July, with students moving in at the beginning of August.
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