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Groundbreaking for new apartments July 9

June 23, 2009

New Apartments

Dordt College will hold a brief groundbreaking ceremony for a new apartment-style residence hall Thursday, July 9, at 1 p.m.

The new building is expected to be open to students in the fall semester of 2010. The new building will be located across from the campus recreation center and directly east of the new B.J. Haan parking area.

The new student housing will accommodate 192 upperclassmen in 32 six-resident units. Each apartment will have three bedrooms, a kitchen, shared living area, and bathroom facilities.

The new $12 million building also features 4,000 square feet of community space complete with a coffee and snack bar, as well as a stage area and equipment for gatherings such as Comedy Club, open microphone nights, and other performances.

“The location puts the building into the flow on the east side of campus and alongside the greenway,” said Arlan Nederhoff, vice-president of business affairs. He added that the new community space will be utilized by the entire campus, not just residents of the building. It is sized to provide a more intimate setting than that of the Campus Center De Yager Activity Area, but accommodate groups that don’t fit in the Humble Bean (the Campus Center coffeeshop).

Hoogendoorn Construction is the general contractor for the project. They expect to begin work in the next 10 days, with a target completion date of August, 2010.

The new building allows the college to meet the growing demand for upperclass apartment-style housing, according to Bethany Schuttinga, associate provost for co-curricular programs. “We worked with an architectural firm that specializes in campus housing to develop a strategic design that meets both the living and the programmatic needs of our students,” said Schuttinga. Schuttinga has been meeting with students over the past year to keep them informed and gather their input on the project. They are excited about what the new apartments will offer.

When the new housing is completed, a second phase will begin: remodeling four of six East Campus Apartment buildings and eliminating the other two. The 1976-’79 construction apartments will be reconfigured with an open floor plan and occupancy will be reduced from six to four students per unit. Currently 276 students are housed in East Campus apartments, and 162 students live in Southview apartments, constructed in 1994. Dordt has dormitory-style housing in four other buildings on campus which house primarily freshman and sophomore students.

Upon completion of both phases of the project, Dordt’s total bed capacity will have been increased by 40. Currently about 85 percent of Dordt’s 1,300 students live on campus.

Dordt is committed to offering a residential living experience for students. That commitment includes housing facilities with programming spaces that support the vision and mission of Dordt College, and which are secure and well-maintained.

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