New Residence Hall Construction Underway
Ground has been broken and work has begun on Thomson Residence Hall, a suite-style facility due for completion by August 2008. The $5.5 million building is named after Joe Thomson ’66 and his wife, JoAnn, who provided a generous lead gift for the project.
Each of the 31 suites will house two students and contain a sleeping area, living area, kitchenette, and private bath. The threestory building, with 28,000 square feet, will also house the 1780 Café and a large meeting room. It will be heated and cooled with a geothermal HVAC system, the most energy efficient, environmentally clean system available.
President Charles L. Shearer said that Thomson Hall will provide students with a living experience that meets contemporary expectations. “Many students desire apartment or suite-style accommodations, and we’re pleased that this new residence hall represents a forward-looking approach,” he said.
Thomson Hall is the first phase of a planned two-phase project. Construction of the second new residence hall is expected to begin in the next three years.