Dordt College News

Apartment style housing under construction at Dordt College

February 26, 2010


Growing demand for apartment-style housing on college campuses is being met at Dordt College in Sioux Center with a new $12 million residence hall, scheduled for completion in time for the start of the 2010 fall semester.

The new student housing units will accommodate 192 upperclassmen in 32 apartments.

Each apartment is designed for six residents. Each unit has three bedrooms; two individual shower rooms separated from the other bathroom facilities; and a shared kitchen and living area. Other amenities include wireless internet, central heat and air conditioning; and 10-foot windows for plenty of natural light and fresh air.

The four-story building has laundry facilities on each floor, as well as a study area on each level equipped with study desks, wireless internet, and a few computer workstations.

Three thousand square feet of community space on the first floor and flowing up into Apartment a second story loft will offer an additional gathering spot for Dordt students. The two-story open space concept plan offers a floor to ceiling fireplace and movable glass partitions, with surfaces finished in wood, brick, and polished concrete.

In this lounging area will be a coffee and snack bar, as well as a portable stage, sound equipment, and lighting options for gatherings such as Comedy Club, open microphone nights, small bands, and other performances.

The community space will provide a more intimate setting than the Campus Center’s De Yager Activity Area, but accommodate groups too large for the Campus Center coffee shop. Its placement along Dordt’s greenway and in the east side traffic flow will make it an ideal meeting area for the campus community.

Bethany Schuttinga, associate provost for co-curricular programs, gathered input from students and an architectural firm specializing in campus housing to Apartment make sure that Dordt’s new facility meets both the living and the programmatic needs of students. Hoogendoorn Construction is the general contractor for the project, and their target completion date is early August.

When the new housing is completed, a second phase will begin: remodeling four East Campus Apartment buildings and eliminating two others. The apartments which were built between 1976 and 1979 will be reconfigured to have an open floor plan and to accommodate four instead of six 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 freshmen and sophomores.

Upon completion of both phases of the project, Dordt’s total bed capacity will have been increased by 40.

Dordt is committed to offering a residential living experience for students, and currently about 85 percent of Dordt’s 1,300 students live on campus.

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