Student Affairs staff of Brescia University offered the Board of Trustees the first glimpse at the architectural renderings for the latest building in a series of construction projects. The new 2-story residence hall will feature an open concept great room area featuring a full kitchen, large island and seating areas. The bedrooms will be two-bed spaces joined by jack-and-jill baths. The highlight of the design is the large covered front porch and 2nd floor balcony. The hall will house 34 students. The expansion was approved by the Board of Trustees this summer, and the new building, designed in a similar architectural style as the newly renovated Moore Center, will be located on St. Ann Street.
The expansion was added to the “The Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century” capital campaign due to the growth Brescia University has experienced , including the largest first-time full-time freshman class in school history. The estimated cost for the new residence hall is $2 million. Construction will take place simultaneously with the construction of the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies, a $9 million project, which is scheduled to be complete in December 2019. To date, over $13.6 million has been raised to support the construction projects. Both buildings are part of Brescia University’s Master Plan and are intended maintain a student-centered environment that offers a high-quality, transformational education experience and remain competitive in an every changing higher education landscape.
“The new residence hall will be a welcome addition to our growing campus. It will create additional housing opportunities for our students to more easily embrace all that Brescia University has to offer,” stated Isaac Duncan, Assistant Dean of Students for Residence Life.
EOA Architects was selected by the University’s Building and Design Committee to lead design the new residence hall. The Nashville firm also designed the Moore Center and the C.E. Field Center for Professional Studies that is currently under construction on the corner of 9th and Frederica Street. A contractor for the project has not yet been named.