Pitt-Bradford plans to break ground next week
on a $9.3 million, 109-bed residence hall.
this month, the University of Pittsburgh Board of Trustees’ property and
facilities committee approved the project, which is expected to be approved by
the full board on Friday.
40,120-square-foot, three-story residence hall will be located on the side of
the lawn in front of Hanley Library nearest to Blaisdell Hall.
“This will be
the fourth residence hall we’ve built in 8 years,” noted University President
Dr. Livingston Alexander. “This rate of
campus construction reflects not only the growth in our student population, but
also its changing profile. Since more of
our students are coming to us from distant locations, more of our students now
require on-campus accommodations. We’re
very grateful to the Board of Trustees for their recognition of our growing need
for new student housing.”
additional rooms should be ready in August 2014 and eliminate the need for
Pitt-Bradford to house some of its students in a local hotel, as it did this
fall. The new hall will bring Pitt-Bradford’s on-campus beds to 1,047.
new residence hall will be similar to those built since 2005, Reed-Coit,Fesenmyer and Dorn houses, with two- and three-bedroom suites with two full
bathrooms, living rooms, kitchenettes and storage closets.
the new residence hall will be placed near the campus entrance, however, it
will include a more elaborate façade on the three sides facing the entrance,
the Hanley lawn and the Campus Drive loop.
with the construction of Dorn House in 2010, construction will take place
through the winter with custom framing being built off-site and brought in by truck.
Construction of Pittsburgh is the construction management firm in charge of the
site, which also includes the addition of 65 new parking spaces in the existing
parking lot across Dorothy Lane from the university’s Hangar Building.
additional laundry facility was built in the Ceramics Building last year to
provide more washers and dryers for students living on campus. In spring 2014,
the campus will conduct a survey of its dining facilities. Already, the campus
has provided continuous dining for students on the meal plan in order to
alleviate crowding in the KOA Dining Hall.